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Land Rover Defender 2020: interior leaks months ahead of off-roader’s unveiling

Image posted online suggests cabin blends retro looks with hi-tech gadgets

Motoring fans are getting a sneak peak inside Land Rover’s upcoming Defender after a photograph of the interior leaked online. 

The image, posted on Twitter by a motoring fan, reportedly shows the highly anticipated off-roader’s dashboard and centre console, which appears to blend the boxy design of the original Defender with the high-tech gadgetry of Land Rover’s most recent models, says PistonHeads

A digital panel directly in front of the driver displays the car’s instrument cluster and infotainment settings, reports Autocar. The steering wheel includes the Defender logo, and the words “stop” and “go” are engraved in the pedals - adding to the car’s “character”, says the magazine.

The car in the image is equipped with an automatic gearbox, and it’s not yet known whether a manual option will be available when the new Defender launches later this year. 

Although some fans questioned the authenticity of the shot, Land Rover’s communications and PR director Richard Angew may have inadvertently confirmed that it is the real deal.

Shortly after the image was posted, Angew requested its removal and threaded legal action against the twitter user. 

Land Rover is expected to launch its new Defender at the end of 2019, with deliveries kicking off in 2020, says Auto Express

The car is expected to be the British carmaker’s most rugged model to date, featuring the latest off-road driving tech and retro-styling inspired by the original Defender from the late 1940s.

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