Image posted on Twitter appears to show all-new 4x4's dashboard; official debut isn't expected for several months
14 February 2019

The first image of the new Land Rover Defender's interior appears to have been leaked online ahead of the model's official unveiling at the end of the year.

The image, posted on Twitter by an unidentified user, appears to be a press shot of the reborn 4x4's dashboard. Land Rover itself has only released exterior shots of prototypes at this stage.

We can see that Land Rover has thoroughly modernised the Defender's interior, with a central widescreen infotainment system and full-width digital instrument display. The steering wheel features Defender branding in its centre, too.

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Details such as 'stop' and 'go' stamped into the accelerator and brake pedals aim to add character, while the materials look to be more durable and hard-wearing than those used in current Land Rovers.

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The car in these pictures has an automatic gearbox, and it's not yet clear if manual versions will also be offered. Though unconfirmed as yet, the photo also seems to suggest this variant of Defender has three front seats.

Specific details beyond this image are still several months away from being revealed. We do know, however, that the 2020 Defender will be offered as a long-wheelbase five-door and a short-wheelbase three-door, with a number further bodystyles, including a pick-up truck and a convertible, expected further down the line as part of a whole family of variants.

The 4x4 isn't expected to abandon its off-road credibility, despite the new technology. Engineers are said to be subjecting the Toyota Land Cruiser rival to "rigorous test extremes", including at temperatures as low as -40deg C and as high as 48deg C, as well as at altitudes up to 13,000ft. 

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14 February 2019

The material on the steering wheel looks like the rubber that you get on the end of crutches that help people to walk, I assume that's deliberate?

14 February 2019

Why on earth do the armchair experts who rule these comment sections always criticise anything JLR does? Have the somehow offended everyone by being a British company? It looks fine to me, simple and straightforward like a Defender cockpit should be. 

Jameson

14 February 2019
LJames wrote:

Why on earth do the armchair experts who rule these comment sections always criticise anything JLR does? Have the somehow offended everyone by being a British company? It looks fine to me, simple and straightforward like a Defender cockpit should be. 

 

Agreed. They probably all voted Leave too but angrily deny that Brexit has anything to do with UK car industry woes. They would have bought a Range Rover, an Evoque for the wife and probably an F type too but it’s JLR’s fault because they didn’t offer the exact trim combination they wanted ;-)

14 February 2019
scrap wrote:

 

 

Agreed. They probably all voted Leave too but angrily deny that Brexit has anything to do with UK car industry woes. 

Was you born a dick or do you practice, JLR's woes are all self inflicted, poor management and poor products, but their biggest problem was the demise of diesels, that they are hevily reliant upon, brought on by the wonderful German (thats an EU county) company VW. I suspect you havent realised that the worlds automotive industry is struggling at the moment, not just the UK's, but hey I suppose Brexit was responsible for Detriot becoming a ghost town. 

15 February 2019
Citytiger wrote:

scrap wrote:

 

 

Agreed. They probably all voted Leave too but angrily deny that Brexit has anything to do with UK car industry woes. 

Was you born a dick or do you practice, JLR's woes are all self inflicted, poor management and poor products, but their biggest problem was the demise of diesels, that they are hevily reliant upon, brought on by the wonderful German (thats an EU county) company VW. I suspect you havent realised that the worlds automotive industry is struggling at the moment, not just the UK's, but hey I suppose Brexit was responsible for Detriot becoming a ghost town. 

 

Thanks. You are priceless.

13 March 2019
scrap wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

scrap wrote:

and so are yours!

 

Agreed. They probably all voted Leave too but angrily deny that Brexit has anything to do with UK car industry woes. 

Was you born a dick or do you practice, JLR's woes are all self inflicted, poor management and poor products, but their biggest problem was the demise of diesels, that they are hevily reliant upon, brought on by the wonderful German (thats an EU county) company VW. I suspect you havent realised that the worlds automotive industry is struggling at the moment, not just the UK's, but hey I suppose Brexit was responsible for Detriot becoming a ghost town. 

 

Thanks. You are priceless.

289

15 February 2019

....no Scrap, its JLR's fault because they have ignored the warning signs and not invested in quality control.

You can only take the piss out of your consumers for so long, especially when you are raising the price of your product in such a cavalier fashion.

15 February 2019
289 wrote:

....no Scrap, its JLR's fault because they have ignored the warning signs and not invested in quality control.

You can only take the piss out of your consumers for so long, especially when you are raising the price of your product in such a cavalier fashion.

 

Damn Brexit meaning JLR can't stick to their Ford-created process that would give them quality.....

https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/jaguar-land-rovers-china-problems-stem-lax-quality-control

If JLR could get the quality of the Fiesta into their models, they'd be quids in.

15 February 2019

Why do Remainers always have to resort to insults?

For some reason they can't accept that Leave voters could have a different opinion to them

I voted Leave. I have bought Discoveries, RRS and own a series landy

I don't blame Brexit for JLR being wrongfooted by market changes.

Looking forward to my new Defender arriving in 2020 after putting a deposit down 2 years ago

Wind your neck in scrap or F off to the Guardian

14 February 2019
owenmahamilton wrote:

The material on the steering wheel looks like the rubber that you get on the end of crutches that help people to walk, I assume that's deliberate?

 

It's a prototype. Do you understand anything about the motor industry?

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