The new Land Rover Defender cometh in 2015, so sayeth – officially – Land Rover. When it released information and photos on the DC100 concept not long ago, the accompanying press release stated "Land Rover confirms its intention to launch a new Defender in 2015." Bringing a spot of sun to Defender lovers everywhere, in two weeks the firm has snipped three years off that delivery time.

We haven't got any more information on what the replacement will really have, but the sampler platter of specs we have so far – mixed-alloy platform, aerospace tech, Terrain-i scanning and so on – does tempt. We'll get the whole lot when it's revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so stay tuned for that... and for 2015. Press blast after the jump.
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Land Rover Confirms Its Intention To Launch A New Defender In 2012

13 Sep -- Land Rover today unveils a modern-day Defender concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Land Rover DC100 previews a potential future direction for a new Land Rover Defender. The Defender is one of Land Rover's oldest and most iconic models and has been used by UN aid workers, Red Cross medic's, police and military forces worldwide. The Defender is the bedrock on which the brand has been built and after more than 60 years of production, the model is getting a makeover.

The new concept marks the move of the iconic Defender into the 21st century market. The concept car builds upon the original models character but demonstrates the versatility and the future of the Defender. The design team aim to keep the Defender's simple and honest style whilst meeting the requirements of an all-new global market.

The new concept has been designed by the Land Rover Advanced Design team whose remit was to create a vehicle that would resonate with the commercial customer as well as the retail customer. Their aim was to create a model that is relevant to the 21st century.

With an all-new Defender planned for production in 2015, replacing this iconic model will surely be one of the biggest challenges in automotive history.

Basics of the new Land Rover DC100 concept includes:

- Based on a lightweight, mixed-alloy platform.
- 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.
- 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine with hybrid and plug-in capabilities.


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      axebmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the concept, but I feel like the shape of the front-end has changed a bit too much. The Defender should be like the 911 -- incremental improvements, but the same basic shape. This, IMHO, is too much of a departure. Square of the front a tad, and it'll be perfect
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well done, altho I'd say butch it up a bit... It needs more visual "street cred", and my that I mean Rubicon, not Rodeo Dr.
      Anthony Guido
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how every time a new off roader comes out, everyone is an expert on the fact that the vehicle will not be capable, without having even seen one in person let alone take it off road. Get over yourselves Jeep people. There ARE other vehicles that do well off road, hate to tell you.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony Guido
        Yeah, like Land Rover Defenders do well off-road. But this thing in the picture is nothing like a Land Rover Defender. Based upon the picture, there is reason to be alarmed. Hopefully the vehicle they make isn't like this concept pictured.
      womblewomble
      • 3 Years Ago
      Opps- somebody has uploaded a photo of a Kia Soul by mistake!
      Rob Sukiasyan
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Bringing a spot of sun to Defender lovers everywhere, in two weeks the firm has snipped three years off that delivery time" Im confused with this line, was it supposed to be in 2018? Is it now pushed to 2012
      72CJ5driver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, a toyota FJ cruiser.
      drbyers
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sideview instantly made me :)
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone know the engine or performance specs? Like to know if it can pull 5K lbs or 2.2K kilos? Looks like a high end wrangler.
      dilohyde
      • 3 Years Ago
      will we be able to take the back of to make it a pick up I DONT THINK so JUST BUY AN OLD ONE YOU CANT GO WRONG
      Tall Tex
      • 3 Years Ago
      So two questions: 1. Is the production version coming in 2012 or 2015? Or is it the physical concept in 2012 with production in 2015? 2. Is this going to be based on the Evoque / LR2 since it will come out with the 2.0L? Color me disappointed if this is the case. Was hoping for a true Defender replacement.
      Jamie
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is total NO NO. I refuse!!!! I dont want to imagine myself, out in the bush, no phone network, no garage nearby and depend only on Land Rover's electronic 4X4 with terrain scanning...
      semperfi71
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like a Skoda Yeti. http://www.skoda-auto.com/COM/model/yeti/look/Pages/look.aspx?ff=0
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