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Land Rover not replacing the Defender

By Rigval on 14 Apr 2012

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It looks like the Land Rover Defender will keep soldering on in its current state for another 500 years so at the rate things are going. This to me is not a bad thing as I still think that nothing, other than the Toyota Land Cruiser can go against it in an off-road duel. I truly love the Defender, ridiculous driving position, overall lack of refinement and all.

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Anyway, Land Rover has more or less decided that the purported replacement for the Defender, the DC100 concept is now a new model that would slot in below the Land Rover Freelander instead of replacing the Defender. Somehow I believe this has happened because the strong positive reaction from the public at the motorshow previews was from the Victoria and David Beckhams instead of Farmer Brown, Bob the Builder, Winnie the Pooh and other citizens of the Thousand Acre Wood.

What was thought as a concept car to show off how the future Land Rover Defender is now going to be Land Rover's new entry level road going model. How ironic. Ironic as it was supposed to replace the ultimate off-road vehicle in the eyes of many people.

The DC100 could now be based on the Range Rover Evoque platform and become Land Rover's rival to the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke – both of which are crossover vehicles which their owners spend more time on the road than off it. It could also be based on the next generation Defender platform as Land Rover isn't particularly sure at this point of time.

The new DC100 based model would be part of what Land Rover calls its leisure-oriented range. It is also the entry level vehicle to the Land Rover range of vehicles. The Land Rover Defender (and its replacement) is from the Utility range and the Land Rover luxury range includes Range Rover (no pun intended) and the Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery will somehow fill a spot in Land Rover as its luxury 7 seater instead of being dropped or being absorbed into the upcoming Defender line-up.

I suppose in Land Rover's grand scheme of things this would work out great for them. I do not deny that it wouldn't but this still leaves me pondering on what would the new Land Rover Defender look like since the DC100 isn't its replacement.

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Rigval
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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Jerrcik Apr 14 2012 11:40 PM
Love landrovers will all my life....unfortunately i can only afford 1x spare wheel of the defender
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