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DC100 Unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

September 13, 2011

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year
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It's been a week or so since we got the first glimpse of the DC100. The response was phenomonial and mostly negative. In fact, we covered reasons the Defender is so iconic and offered own concept of the DC100 last week.

However, Land Rover have finally released more mock-ups and photographs from the Frankfurt motor show. We've compiled them into a handy gallery for you. One of two things you'll note, there's an all new DC100 Sport - surprisingly a convertible featuring a waterproof interior, and this model is in addition to the more practical DC100. The feature list looks quite interesting and we have to say, from different angles the DC100 might start to grow on you. It just needs bulking up a bit, squaring off, making sharper and raising the ground clearance. Anyway, let us know what you think of the pictures and some it's rather fancy off-roading gadgets listed below.

You can view the Jaguar Land Rover reveal video here

  • Two new concepts from Land Rover investigate the potential future design direction of the iconic Defender.
  • The concepts capture the flexibility, adaptability and configurability that have always been key attributes of Land Rover and continue in today's Defender.
  • DC100 demonstrates the future of Land Rover capability and versatility.
  • DC100 Sport is an active expression of freedom and leisure.
  • Both concepts are based on the same lightweight, mixed-alloy platform.
  • Three-abreast 'social seating' is inspired by the very first Land Rovers.
  • 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 optimises the car for any environment.
  • Driver-activated spiked tyre 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.
  • Driveline Disconnect physically decouples the rear axle to save fuel when all-wheel drive is not required.
  • 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with hybrid and plug-in capabilities.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Leisure key is a waterproof, lightweight alternative to the control fob.
  • 'Always-on' connectivity and telematics allow for car-to-smartphone, car-to-car and car-to-base communication.
  • Built-in induction charging stations throughout both concepts.
  • Land Rover confirms its intention to launch a new Defender in 2015

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6 Comments

  1. LucasBlack Lucas says:

    Watched the video… Underwhelming applause.

    The DNA is clear? No… No it isn’t.

    It has Defender written on it… and there is ends.

    As for all the gadgets…. Land Rover, you are not making things safer, you are making them more dangerous. You are giving drivers a lazy self confident time.

    Not a year goes by where I don’t see some electronic super 4×4 stuck at the side of the road because the idiot behind the wheel THINKS he can do anything in a 4×4, but has no idea of how to use it.

    Make the thing simple again. All you need is selectable 4WD and a Hi/Low ratio gearbox… and a bit of common sense. Electronics can leave a car disabled and unrepairable by the side of the road… and that is not good for dependability in the middle of no-where.

    I would track down an old 2.5TDi if I were to undertake any serious challenge, because I want to be able to fix it where ever I am, and not be disabled because the electronic brain has sensed a problem.

    You’ve taken away the heart of what a Land Rover should be.

  2. LucasBlack Lucas says:

    Oh yeah…. and what about this bit of info:

    Permanent four-wheel drive with an eight-speed transmission, Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.

    Driveline Disconnect physically decouples the rear axle to save fuel when all-wheel drive is not required.

    So…. is it permanent or not? The two key design points above are totally at odds with each other!!!

  3. Pete C says:

    There are only 2 good things I like about the DC100…

    It has a 100″ wheelbase… ideal. And it probably won’t rust as fast.

    Apart from that, I still don’t like it, and I don’t think it will look as good when 20 years old as a real Defender does… Probably been scrapped 10 years before it reached that age.

  4. Dato SS says:

    Not convinced! Glad I purchased a brand
    new Defender Puma this year, the one that
    is with pedigree! It will last me a lifetime& my
    son, when he grows up, will still be able to
    take it to the jungles without fear of getting
    stranded! It will still look rustic & sexy!!

  5. Warwick Thorpe (NZ) says:

    Truely awful. The very reason we love Defender/Wolf/Series is that they are trucks not cars, bloke wagons not hairdressers taxis. I can see these being a real failure and brand harming flop. Prices for a “real” rover will likely firm up and stay up once the genuine article is replaced by this townies joke. Can you imagine haybales in the back or a dead pig strapped over the bonnet? Thats real LR styling in my book, not chrome and shiny hubs, Grrrrr

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