TWO LAND ROVER DEFENDER CONCEPT VEHICLES UNVEILED AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
• DC100 and DC100 Sport revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show: demonstrating the dependability and versatility of the go-anywhere Defender
• New Defender intended for 2015: concept vehicles demonstrate future direction of the iconic model
• Technology and sustainability: key features demonstrated on both modelsFrankfurt, 13 September 2011
- Land Rover has unveiled two new concepts for the Land Rover Defender, the iconic go-anywhere vehicle.
Named DC100 and DC100 Sport, the two concepts showcase the direction and thinking behind the ongoing development of the new Land Rover Defender, intended for production in 2015.
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DC100 and DC100 Sport 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's capability and versatility; DC100 Sport is an active expression of freedom and leisure.
Both concepts are based on the same shared 100-inch wheelbase. They feature sustainable hi-tech materials and the latest technology to optimise fuel and operational efficiency at all times, in all modes and in all driving conditions.
DC100 and DC100 Sport include a variety of capability technologies including a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment.Source - Land Rover
Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport Concepts Make North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show
• Two concepts from Land Rover investigate potential future design direction for the Defender.
• DC100 demonstrates the future of Land Rover versatility and capability
• DC100 Sport is an active expression of freedom and leisure
• Automatic, intelligent, next-generation Land Rover Terrain Response
• Terrain-i device warns the driver of approaching off-road obstacles.
• Wade Aid uses sonar technology to assess water depth.
• Permanent four-wheel drive wîth an eight-speed transmission, Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.
• Driveline Disconnect physically decouples the rear axle to save fuel. (concept carz)
Land Rover's DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts investigate the potential design direction for a replacement for the iconic Defender. They will make their North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on 16th November 2011. Land Rover is taking these concepts to North America to gauge reaction and explore the possibility of bringing the Defender back to the ÚS market.
John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: 'The Defender has always been at the heart of the Land Rover Brand and single-handedly defines our go-anywhere, can-do sprit. Our ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithfully to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. At the same time, it will be developed for the 21st century and adaptable for the needs of future generations.
Our intention is to introduce the all new Defender in the middle of the decade - there's a lot of work to do to meet these dates and our concepts are just the start of the journey. We are here in LA to showcase our DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts and start to actively explore the possibility of bringing the future Defender to North America.'
Capturing the rugged, dependable and adventurous spirit of the original, the DC100 concepts are intended to showcase the potential breath of capability for the future Defender family. Evolved since their unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the concepts now ride on optimised off-road 20-inch alloy wheels shod wîth Cooper all-terrain tyres. The DC100 also features expedition accessories wîth a raised air-intake 'snorkel' for wading and a roof rack.
Finished in the Land Rover signature combination of 'Heritage Blue' paint wîth a Candy Weiss white roof, the DC100 reinvents the essential Defender design cues for the 21st century. These include short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning and, of course, the honest Defender 'face' wîth its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch.
The DC100 Sport takes all these key design cues and adds to them the spirit of freedom first embodied by the early canvas-roofed Land Rovers wîth their fold-down windscreens to create a concept bursting wîth California cool.
Core Land Rover attributes of capability and versatility are underpinned in both concepts by a suite of innovative off-road technological aids that reduce the workload on the driver.
Foremost of these is the next generation of Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain Response system which will optimise the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection. In addition, a new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation. Terrain-i automatically identifies potential hazards and suggests alternative routes. In urban environments the same system is able to identify pedestrians and hazards wîth great accuracy.
A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. As wîth Terrain Response, Wade Aid will optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height, selecting a low gear and advising on the safest speed.
Sustainability has always been a Land Rover hallmark - more than three-quarters of the almost two million Defenders made are still doing regular duty - and the DC100 concepts extend this commitment wîth new technologies that will reduce their environmental impact. The first is an intelligent Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox, both of which have been designed wîth future hybridisation in mind. Second is the unique Driveline Disconnect system, which sends power to the front-axle only unless conditions demand all-wheel drive. Únlike conventional systems, this physically, rather than electronically, decouples the rear-axle to reduce friction losses but can reengage drive almost instantaneouslySource - Land Rover
JLR Wins Two 'Best Of Auto Show' Awards From Autoweek Magazine
• Jaguar C-X16 production concept wins Autoweek'Best in Show' Award
• Land Rover DC100 Sport wins Autoweek'Best Concept' Award
• JLR shows design and technology leadership winning two key honors at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
• Show stealing concepts to make their North American debuts at the 2011 Los Angeles International Automobile Show, November 15.
Jaguar Land Rover displayed its global product leadership and brand strength by winning two of the most important media awards, fromAutoweek, at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, one for each brand, Jaguar and Land Rover.
Autoweek's editorial team selected the Jaguar C-X16 as its 'Best in Show' winner and the Land Rover DC100 Sport as its 'Best Concept' at the premier European motor show.
'Winning two of the top media awards in our here at the Frankfurt Motor Show is a tremendous achievement for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, said Frank Klaas, Global Head of Communications, Jaguar Land Rover. 'This recognition from the editors atAutoweekconfirms the strength of design and engineering at Jaguar and Land Rover and the momentum we have at JLR.'Land Rover DC100 Sport Concept
The Land Rover DC100 Sport and DC100 are new concepts from Land Rover which investigate the future possibilities 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, but incorporate cutting-edge sustainable, and hi-tech materials. DC100 demonstrates the future of Land Rover capability and versatility. DC100 Sport is an active expression of freedom and adventure.
'These could not be designs from any other company. Defender became a global icon because of the integrity of both its design and engineering. In creating these concepts, we took the functional design cues from the past and reinterpreted them for the 21st century. These studies represent our thoughts on how we will forge an entirely new generation of Defender models which will prove that design can work in harmony wîth function.'
- Gerry McGovern, Design Director, Land Rover
'We debated long and hard about the 'Best Concept' award,' said Raynal. 'We liked the Kia GT, and the Jaguar C-X16, but the DC100 Defender Sport concept came toFrankfurt as a complete surprise and in the end, we decided this was our winner. The DC100 Sport is loaded wîth a bunch of cool technology, such as a terrain scanner and a sonar-depth sounder for water crossings, just to name a few, and these are things Series I, II and III owners could not conceive of. We hope Land Rover builds it and sends it to the States,' Raynal added.Source - Land Rover