Land Rover reveals chunky DC100 Sport Design at Frankfurt, lifestyle model gets petrol engine, road-biased suspension.
The DC100 and DC100 Sport demonstrate the thinking behind the on-going development of the iconic and ever popular Defender, which is intended for production in 2015. Earlier this month Jaguar Land Rover announced the Defender was being “retired” after more than 50 years in production.
Unveiling the car, Land Rover Brand Director John Edwards said; “This vehicle will have broad appeal, and we believe will be as popular with commercial users as private buyers.”
“We are an ambitious business, making unprecedented investment in product, and we can promise that there are lots of versions of the DC100 on the drawing board.”
The company’s target is to make the new Defender as versatile and easy to configure as current models.
Finished in bright yellow, the DC100 Sport is effectively a speedster with a wrap-round aero screen claimed to be inspired by the fold-down front windscreen of soft-top versions of the old ‘series’ Land Rovers.
The car also features ‘social seating’ – three abreast across the front, a removable touchscreen display and a ‘generous load bed which incorporate fittings specifically designed to secure extreme sports equipment.’
It also has fighter jet-style ‘Terrain-i’, which maps the contours of what’s ahead to create a 3D image on the dashboard screen, and retractable tyre spikes for driving on snow and ice. And when you’re not taking on the great outdoors, there’s even a park-assist system to help you at the supermarket.
Basics of the new Land Rover DC100 concept include
• Based on a lightweight, mixed-alloy platform.
• Cutting-edge, sustainable, hi-tech materials taken from aerospace industries.
• The Terrain-i scanning device warns the driver of obstacles when off-roading and can suggest alternative routes.
• Wade Aid uses sonar technology to assess water depth and advise the driver of optimum speed.
• Intelligent, next-generation, Land Rover Terrain Response system automatically optimizes the car for any environment.
• Driver-activated spiked tire system can be deployed at the touch of a button.
• Permanent four-wheel drive with an eight-speed transmission, Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.
• 2.0 liter, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine with hybrid and plug-in capabilities.