It appears that a digital rendition of the next-generation Land Rover Defender has been revealed within the forthcoming SUV’s instrument display. Posted in various Land Rover discussion boards and picked up by Autocar, it confirms the silhouette of development vehicles observed earlier, as well as the digital display that was part of a mock-up in a since-deleted tweet.

The forthcoming iteration of the iconic off-roader has covered over 1.2 million km in development mileage as of April, and it has been confirmed by its maker for a debut this year. Along with the digitised instrumentation, the Defender ramps up the sophistication with the adoption of air suspension for what has typically been an off-road workhorse.

This is made possible with the use of the firm’s MLA architecture, which supports two wheelbase lengths in the case of the Defender; these will likely hark back to the 90-inch and 110-inch measurements adopted by past Defenders, and an even longer 130-inch wheelbase version has been rumoured as well, says Autocar.

The modern architecture will also likely use the latest version of the company’s Terrain Response systems, in the apparent absence of traditional levers for selecting high- and low-range drives. The gearlever sighted in the aforementioned interior mock-up indicates automatic transmission for the forthcoming Defender.

The next Defender is being developed for a wide-ranging set of abilities, with on-road dynamics being refined at a Nürburgring facility, and all-terrain capabilities in the muddy paths of Eastnor, UK, harder-packed trails of Moab, Utah and the sand of Dubai. Design and development is conducted at Land Rover’s design, engineering and testing facilities in Gaydon, UK, while production will be at a new plant in Nitra, Slovakia.

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