Next-generation Land Rover Defender mixes past and present inside

There's no other way of saying it: The Land Rover Defender is an iconic vehicle. It was England's first off-road vehicle for the masses after all. The thing is, turning an iconic vehicle that rarely saw updates into an all-new vehicle is tough, so it has to look and feel like old one, while being bang up to date.

In the case of the upcoming Land Rover Defender, we'll leave the opinions down to you. Yes, the iconic 4x4 was taken the digital route, albeit with some modern touches.

How big of a leap did the Defender make from past to present? For starters, there's a full LCD screen for its instrument cluster. The cluster however doesn't appear to have been plucked from other Land Rover models. The big, bold font and the large center screen layout appears to be exclusive to the Defender. It also looks like it will be available with a heads-up display as the 'box' in front of the cluster hood suggests.

2020 Land Rover Defender shows its retro-futuristic cabin image

Bringing the Defender right in the modern age is a 'floating' infotainment screen. There's also two dials on the dashboard, presumably for its climate control system. You'll also notice the high-mounted gear selector for this particular automatic transmission model. With the location of the shifter, it appears that the Defender will only be an automatic, but don't rule out a manual transmission just yet.

As for the design, it's mostly boxy, just like the exterior. The dashboard top is flat, and so is the dash fascia. On the passenger side, the word 'Defender' is stamped on what looks like aluminum trim. In the corner of the photo, there appears to be either a large arm rest or a middle seat. If the latter is true, the Defender could be a six-seater with three occupants in front, and three at the back. Lastly, adding a bit of flair to the cabin are its pedals with 'Go' written on the accelerator, and 'Stop' on the brakes.

For now, specs for the Land Rover Defender are yet to surface online. It is speculated that it will premiere in either the third or fourth quarter of 2019.