2020 Land Rover Defender Sports Digital Instrument Cluster, Small Touchscreen

As its launch inches closer, we get to learn and see more about the all-new Land Rover Defender – and the latest news concern its interior that has just been snapped up by our spy photographers.

Looking very much like the mockup that was revealed in February, the latest images show that is has a leather-wrapped steering wheel in front of a digital instrument cluster with a leather hood.

While most new JLR products have a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, it appears that feature won’t be offered on the Defender. Instead, we can see a relatively small screen mounted above a protruding center stack. The latter houses a stubby gear selector and controls for the dual-zone automatic climate control system, an assortment of dedicated buttons for things like the ride-height, window defoggers and air conditioning, as well as a physical knob to adjust the volume that looks like an awkward reach for the driver (at least in LHD cars). Other notable features include the thick A-pillars and lack of a traditional center console.

The exterior pictures don’t reveal anything we haven’t seen before, besides a glimpse underneath, but an image of the Defender recently surfaced on Twitter. It shows the model will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, but adopt sleeker and more modern styling. The SUV will also have front fender vents, a rear-mounted spare tire and a relatively flat roof with what appears to be a rear sky light.

Also Read: This Is What The 2020 Land Rover Defender Looks Like

The Defender is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Land Rover has been tight-lipped about powertrain details, but a recent presentation revealed the model will be launched with both conventional and mild-hybrid engines, while full-hybrid powertrains will be added in the future.

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  • StrangerGP

    Not sure if it’s a good match for a car like Defender, they could’ve at least given it “oldschool” analogue dials and climate control knobs.

    • Bash

      Agreed. but they didn’t.

    • Enter Ranting

      Analog gauges are over. It’s much cheaper and easier for car makers to slap a screen in front of the driver. The same goes for controls.

      • Bob

        Something tells me this won’t be a cheap car. Ergo, no need to make decisions purely on cost. Functional usefulness is a thing for a car like this.

  • hopefully that gear lever doesn’t obstruct the operation of the screen..

    • Bash

      Depends on the seating position I guess, plus this is way better than -say- a rotary one or a buttons type. I mean for this particular dash arrangement.

    • PK

      that’s what i was thinking!

    • Astonman

      Check out the seating position. His thigh is pretty high up which means he or you will be looking down at sharper angle and be able to see the screen easily.

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks good so far.

  • jrelon

    I don’t know, I want to like it, but to me it just looks like a re-done last gen Discovery. Not necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was expecting for the Defender.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This car is going to be a massive letdown.

  • PK

    is it a good idea to have a gear shifter blocking partial of the screen? how are you going to use the screen with that thing in the way????

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