New Land Rover Defender Interior Speed Test

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The New Land Rover Defender Interior continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.

A photograph of the new Land Rover Defender’s interior has found its way into the public eye ahead of the car’s official release date at the end of the year. The image, which was leaked on Twitter, shows the reborn SUV’s dash in full.

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The leaked image, which appears to be a short wheelbase Defender, has a large infotainment system, a digital instrument binnacle, a chunky multi-function steering wheel and an amusing set of labelled pedals, with “GO” stamped onto the accelerator and “STOP” printed on the brake.

A Land Rover statement said: “Land Rover is aware of an unofficial image in circulation. Through the development of any new vehicle many design options are considered. We will not comment any further at this time. Land Rover does not comment on future product plans.”

Until now, our only images of the new Defender have been spy shots of heavily-camouflaged test mules. Our most recent sighting showed a prototype undergoing off-road testing in North America as part of its gruelling development cycle.

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We’ve also spotted short wheelbase Defender “90” and long wheelbase Defender “110” prototypes undergoing testing. On the road, the latter of the pair looks vast, with a similar stature and footprint to the current Land Rover Discovery.

While it’s clear that design cues from Land Rover’s current crop of models have made their way onto the new off-roader, there’s a handful of features which mark it out as a true Land Rover Defender. For example, the headlights seem to feature a round headlamp with smaller indicator bulbs to the side, albeit fared into the bumper rather than protruding, like the original Defender.

At the rear, the new Defender’s tail lights lights adopt the same retro styling. The sides taper towards the roof, whilst a side-hinged tailgate gives access to the luggage bay.

The four-door test car has a large, completely flat bonnet covered by heavy cladding, with a slim grille below. The familiar Land Rover vents are visible behind the front wheel-arches and the windows are set back from the boxy shoulder line, which suggests more substantial cladding on the doors.

However, while it will display similarities with the old car, it is clear Land Rover doesn’t want to create a replica of the original. Speaking from the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief marketing officer Felix Bräutigam said: “The new Defender will not simply be a copy-cat, something retro. It will be something that moves the game on for Land Rover.”

While the new Defender’s exact launch date is unclear, Land Rover has said that first customers will take delivery in 2020. Bräutigam added: “Our first, really excited customers should have their cars by 2020. We will stage it properly; the train has left the station but we are not rushing to a specific date. It’s exciting to now start getting one step closer to officially announcing the rebirth of an icon.”

Mules have been powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine according to the registration information held by the DVLA, while other prototypes have been running a petrol enigne. With Land Rover having already confirmed that all its models post 2020 will be electrified in some way, we expect that each powertrain will feature at least a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Jaguar Land Rover insists the Defender will need a “balanced engine portfolio” in order to succeed in all global markets, however. A look under the rear of the car also appears to reveal an independent suspension set-up.

What we know about the new Defender

Even though Land Rover bosses have discussed an all-new Defender openly, the company has been keeping its cards close to its chest. JLR executive Dr Ralf Speth informed us that early development mules were undergoing testing by bosses back in 2017. Rather excitingly, the JLR boss assured us that the new car will be “even more capable” than the outgoing Defender when the terrain gets challenging.

Dr Speth admitted that, at that stage, the design and engineering work behind the new Defender was all but settled, to the point where he had the opportunity to try the new vehicle. Teasing further, he said: “I have driven test mules already… and also tried the car against competitors, in on and off-road environments. It’s sensational.” He would not put a timeframe on when the new Land Rover Defender would debut but he did say: “It is coming. We are working an authentic successor of the predecessor.”

The new Land Rover Defender will have an aluminium body built on an aluminium chassis and will utilise parts from other Land Rover vehicles, whilst being built alongside other cars from the range. Speth continued, saying: “We’re already doing this now… We used the modular architecture and elements of our chassis for weight reduction to make the new Discovery a better-handling car. We will do so also in the future because we always learn.”

It’s not yet clear where the new Land Rover Defender will be built, but JLR UK managing director Rawdon Glover did say the prototype vehicles were being assembled at the company’s ageing Brown’s Lane facility.

“We were still using Brown’s Lane to build our prototypes, which not many people knew. But now we have a new facility,” said Glover. “The verification build phase will come off a pilot production line, but the next phase goes into the manufacturing plant.” Further details on the new Defender’s assembly process are yet to be announced.

The best value in New Land Rover Defender Interior is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.

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