Land Rover DC100 Sport concept

With the long-serving Defender not... well, long for this world, Land Rover is gearing up for its eventual replacement – targeted to launch in 2015 – and we just got our first glimpse of it on the show floor here in Frankfurt. Or glimpses, we should say, as JLR surprised us with the debut not only of the concept we were expecting, but a pair of them.

In one corner, the white-roofed silver DC100 three-door wagon we'd been shown (at least, in part) a couple of weeks ago. In the other, the DC100 Sport, an open-air version decked out in yellow-orange. Both preview the next generation of the iconic, go-anywhere truck of choice for expeditionary teams worldwide, and pack such innovations as an off-road terrain scanning device to detect potential obstacles and – get this – a sonar depth-sounder for fording through rivers. Plus, you know, a whole lot more style than the model it envisions succeeding.

Check 'em out in our pair of high-resolution galleries live from the show floor, follow the jump for the brief press release, and stay tuned for more info in our ongoing coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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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 models

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.

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.