Land Rover is having trouble keeping its upcoming Defender under wraps, although that could just be a deliberate ploy...
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Either by accident or design, the look of the new Land Rover Defender is one of motoring's worst-kept secrets.

Although it's been outed by a new Lego model and an in-dash image, Land Rover has maintained a high level of camouflage on its test mules. We can see a bit of the car's new headlight graphics up close, however, and it's clear there will be boxy flared guards on the production car.

Interestingly, the bonnet appears to be clasped by old-fashioned external catches, although that could just be a feature on prototypes.

We know the tailgate will be side-hinged and house a spare wheel, and the taillights will be low-set LED units mimicking the design of the old Defender's – at least, loosely mimicking it...

The latest set of spy shots also reveals some details about the car's underbody. Check out the gallery for a closer look at the car's exhaust silencer, differential and suspension components.

When it debuts (likely in October this year) the new Defender will gain the "latest driver assistance and connectivity" systems, suggesting safety kit like autonomous emergency braking will be offered, along with JLR’s latest infotainment units.

Previous spy pics have revealed the cabin will get a digital instrument binnacle and a variation of the touch-based climate and infotainment controls spreading across the Land Rover range at the moment, but the cabin design is still upright and blocky.

"The new model will represent 70 years of innovation and improvement in just one model year; honouring the model’s history for rugged durability, while thoroughly remaining a Defender for the 21st century," Land Rover said in January.

Australia

Jaguar Land Rover's local team has confirmed Australian deliveries of the new Defender will start in 2020.

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