Land Rover Releases First Defender Images Before Frankfurt Unveil

By Trevor Dorchies | August 31, 2011
The name "Defender" has long been synonymous with Land Rover, although lately its future has been in doubt. That was until Land Rover released these two photos of the DC100, a concept version slated to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Land Rover has confirmed its plan to launch the new Defender in 2015, making it available to the world over. However the question remains, when or better yet will it come to the U.S. market? That remains to be seen as of right now and it won't happen overnight. "Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide," said Gerry McGovern, Director of Design. "This isn't a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century." The DC100 explores how Land Rover can configure the next generation Defender and satisfy the consumer.  As it stands now, the DC100 has some features that one would expect to see on the Defender, such as the rectangular profile, short wheelbase, and tailgate-mounted spare tire. There are also some new styling cues that can be seen on current Land Rover models such as larger wheels, flared wheel wells and side vents.
Whether or not the Defender comes to the U.S. is still murky but earlier reports suggested the latest design would meet NHTSA and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  Even while the Defender would comply with these safety measures Land Rover still claims there is “no current decision on whether or not the next-generation Defender will come to North American markets.” Would do you think about the DC100 concept? Do you think Land Rover should go forward with its launch and bring it to the U.S.? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Land Rover