Prototype cabin tries to tread the fine line between luxuriousness and ruggedness, with a dash of whimsy thrown in too.

An undisguised photo of interior of the new Land Rover Defender has been posted on Twitter by Richard Charles, a jewellery designer specialising in automotive-themed products.

The authenticity of the photo was seemingly confirmed when Richard Agnew, Land Rover's communications and public relations director, publicly replied: "How about you now remove this image that you’ve publicly stated you shouldn’t post. Legal team are on the way."

With the car due to be launched during the second half of this year, this prototype interior should be pretty close to the final product, although this vehicle's switches, dials and wands are still largely blank

As with other vehicles from other upmarket brands, the new Defender features a digital instrumentation screen, while the large touchscreen infotainment system helps to keep button clutter to a minimum.

Although the new Defender is being developed as serious off-roader, it will be more luxurious affair than its long-lived predecessor.

As such there's leather, or leather-like, coverings for the steering wheel, dashboard top, and seats. The company has also decided to lighten up the mood by printing Stop and Go on the brake and accelerator pedals, respectively.

The new car seems to largely eschew Land Rover badging, with the Defender script logo present in the middle of the steering wheel and on the dashboard to the right of the touchscreen.

The new Defender is expected to be offered as both a short wheelbase three-door model, and a long wheelbase five-door wagon.

With the company reeling from heavy financial losses and a painful round of restructuring, Jaguar Land Rover will be hoping its second-generation Defender will be a sales hit.

Australia

The company has confirmed the new Defender will enter local showrooms some time during 2020.