Few vehicles have been on (or off) the road as long as the Land Rover Defender. It's one of those few true icons of the automobile, and replacing it will be no easy task. But that's precisely what Land Rover is gearing up to do.

Capable as the outgoing Defender is, you see, it hardly teeters on the cutting edge of the industry. Which is why JLR is committing to its replacement in 2015. And to give us an idea of what we might expect, the company is preparing to unveil this concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

All we've got to go on with the show truck called the DC100 is the solitary image above and the press release after the jump, which is rather short on details. It seems to borrow a few cues from the FJ Cruiser but with a slightly cleaner, leaner form that looks like it'd be as at home on a California beach as it would on a snowy mountain top.

This is one truck we'll be looking forward to seeing up close and personal – fortunately, it won't be long now.
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Land Rover Confirms All-New Defender Concept For Frankfurt Motor Show
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

• Land Rover DC100 investigates the potential future direction of the iconic Defender
• Demonstrates the future of Land Rover capability and versatility
• Functional and purposeful design delivered by Land Rover design team, led by Gerry McGovern
• Land Rover confirms its intention to launch a new Defender in 2015

The Land Rover DC100, a modern interpretation of the iconic Land Rover Defender will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Land Rover also confirms today, that production of a new Defender is intended for 2015.

Commenting on the Land Rover DC100 concept car,Gerry McGovern, Director of Design, Land Roversaid:"Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide. This isn't a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century."

John Edwards, Global Brand Director, Land Roveradded: "Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market.

We plan to engage with existing and potential customers to help us finalise the details of the new vehicle. One thing's for sure, it's going to be an exciting journey, and we can't wait to get going."

The Land Rover DC100 concept builds upon the essential elements of the car's character and allows Land Rover to open the debate and inspire people to dream about the Defenders of the future. The next chapter in the Defender story will unfold at 09:15 hrs (CET) on September 13, 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I like certain elements, I can't get past the fact that LR decided to put low-profile tires on this concept, which suggests to me that LR is moving away from it's off-road heritage as it has already with the Evoque. Not everything that LR produces has to be an off-road monster, but the Defender should remain the top off-road performing vehicle in LR's lineup. Otherwise, why bother being Land Rover?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a nifty concept, but a replacement for the defender it is not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is pretty ridiculous that people cry about the looks changing since it's an "icon". That's sort of turning it into a fashion accessory rather than what it is, which is a simple tool. Yes, I don't think the stylists should have much say here, since I'm pretty sure nobody styled the line before and it was just what the engineering prototype turned out to look like, but those crying that it should be like the 911 are missing the point of the car. It should be good at going off road, and all else is secondary. If it becomes less capable than the old one, then you get angry. If it looks different, who cares?
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I agree that capability should take precedent over styling, just like the styling of the 911 and the styling of the Jeep CJ/Wrangler, the classic styling, dare I say, "iconic" styling, of the Defender is part of what makes it what it is. Put a 2012 911 next to a 911 from the 60s and you can tell they're from the same lineage. Put a 2012 Jeep Wrangler next to a 1940s Jeep CJ and you can tell they're from the same lineage. Put the current Defender next to Series I and you can tell they're from the same lineage even though the headlights have moved to the fenders and the grille has been pushed forward. While I don't dislike the DC100 styling, it simply doesn't look like a proper Defender should look. And from the photo on Land Rover Interactive, it's clear that it's not built like a proper Defender either -- it's obviously got IFS and IRS, and it's most likely unibody as well. The DC100 is a SWB, 2-dr Evoque, not a Defender.
      Geoffrey Beasley
      • 4 Years Ago
      It has potential - as long as they don't emasculate it with independent suspension. With a proper pair of solid axles, a 4:1 transfer case, and differential locks, this could be the "gentleman's Wrangler" that the Defender has always been, and which the Land Rover loyal have been craving. With every other vehicle in the Land Rover / Range Rover stable sporting independent suspension, mallcrawler tires, and less ground clearance than a Subaru, they'll hopefully see no reason to make the new Defender yet another faux-by-four.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Geoffrey Beasley
        This is in no way what the Land Rover loyal wanted... We (I consider myself a LR loyalist) wanted the same truck with out all the added luxury items, we wanted what the Jeep Wrangler is... Roll up windows, no nav, maybe a little bit more cabin room and some comfortable seats, a removable top, solid axles and a diesel. But Land Rover has their own idea of what the people want and that is the direction they will go, far be it from them to listen to those loyal customers...
          • 4 Years Ago
          To be honest, the biggest reason to redesign the Defender is to be able to sell it anywhere. Current model doesn't meet regulations, so it has to be done.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Why bother with a new car when what you're looking for is a series II? The biggest reason to redesign the defender is to enable the company to sell some in the states. Simple as that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering that the final product will be refined over the course of 4 years, I think this is a relatively good start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not feeling the new design direction. Having owned a Defender 90, this seems like they are going in the wrong direction. That said, I bet the ride is nice and it does not leak water when it rains hard. A person could probably carry on a conversation at speeds over 50. However I loved these things and many of the other quirks about the truck. This just looks like another small suv. Not iconic
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrible design, what is wrong with you Land Rover, you ruined my dreams.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What was Mrs. Beckham thinking?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too much styling,where do the sheep go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford Bronco... USA USA USA
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a KIA, and probably has about the same off-road capability. Fail.
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