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The Land Rover DC100 Concept - The first all-new Defender in a zillion years

By Rigval on 06 Sep 2011

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Waiting for a new Land Rover Defender isn’t like waiting for the next generation of Honda Civic to arrive. A new Honda Civic would arrive once every 4 or 5 years but a new Land Rover Defender is like waiting for the Halley’s Comet to make another pass around planet Earth. Anyway, the current Land Rover Defender design has been around since 1983 (then called a Ninety/ One-Ten depending on wheelbase length) and 28 or so years later the Land Rover DC100 Concept car has been previewed and will be debuted to the public as the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It does look good doesn’t it? The Land Rover DC100 Concept is still the chunky Defender we know albeit with a newer more rounded front end which should be more pedestrian ‘friendly’ in a crash. How friendly would a Defender be to a person is beyond me but I suppose the person getting hit by the DC100 would have a better chance of surviving. Aside from that, everything else is still very Land Rover-like with cues from the current batches of Land Rover Freelander, Discovery and Range Rover vehicles. You could also compare the looks with a Tonka toy.

Land Rover has finally brought the Defender into the 21st century. Would it be as indestructible as the Land Rovers of yesterday? I hope so as the Defender and its Series I-III predecessors are motoring institutions in their own right.

One more thing though. Production ready versions of the Land Rover DC100 would only begin in 2015. By then the first Land Rover Defender/Ninety/One-Ten would be a mere 32 years old. You should also note that the Defenders were in fact based on the Series III Land Rovers which first appeared in 1971 which in turn was based on the Series II. It is amazing that we are still running on something that has its roots in the 1950s. Would this also mean that when the new DC100 comes out we may see it in production till 2050?

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Speeddemon Sep 06 2011 10:23 PM
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