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2020 Land Rover Defender dash leaked via tweet

by Byron Hurd

A shot of the new Defender's dash was posted on twitter late Wednesday.

Our first look at the interior of the 2020 Land Rover Defender comes to us thanks to a leaked image of a pre-production mock-up of the wheel and dash that was posted to twitter by user @rcdesignsuk late Wednesday:

How I about I post photos I shouldn't have you you do the same? pic.twitter.com/o22o548Bsb

-- Robert Charles (@rcdesignsuk) February 14, 2019

[Update: The tweet has since been deleted.]

The interior photograph shows many signs that it wasn't intended for public consumption. The center console and stack show obvious signs of dirt and scuffing and the words "stop" and "go" appear to be etched into the brake and gas pedals, respectively. The under-dash panel has only empty holes where at least two buttons or switches would be mounted. Plainly, this is not a series-production vehicle.

However it does give us an idea of what to expect from the 2020 Defender. The interior of the previous-generation SUV could generously be described as sparsely appointed. Like the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and, to a lesser extent, the Jeep Wrangler, the Defender has traditionally only offered the bare minimum of technology and creature comforts.

It appears the new Defender will be no different. While the dash topper appears to be stitched leather, "hey-neat" style interior options appear to be virtually non-existent. Two simple digital displays (one for the cluster and one for infotainment) are the only truly extravagant-looking elements to be found here, and even they aren't at all ostentatious by even mainstream vehicle standards.

We suspect this photo was taken during a private event of some sort, perhaps a design workshop or exclusive early preview for Land Rover dealers or well-connected Defender customers. We won't have to wait long for the full scoop, as Land Rover has already confirmed that the 2020 Defender will be fully unveiled later in 2019.

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