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.


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is this? It looks like Barbie is going to drive it to the beach. This is no Defender.
      T-Mille
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not gonna lie, this car looks like it could have been designed 5 years ago.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really want to like Land Rover / Range Rover, but their reliability and long-term quality is terrible.
        rover'd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        The initial comment was for reliability and long term quality, not luxury.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this thing a joke?
      Tall Tex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like others, thought this was to be a Defender replacement. Looks like the approach and departure angles aren't optimal for an offroad environment, but will have to wait and see what the production model looks like. Remember this is just a concept. Or let us hope this is the case.
      AnInternetTroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I can't wait for the next douchebag in a Land Rover, blowing by me, going 70 in the snow, rolls over in one of these babies.
      Cheese
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Buddy and I once nearly submerged his Defender 90 convertible while crossing a mildly swollen stream. It showed no ill effects. Would this plastic fantastic do the same? I think not.
      kz
      • 3 Years Ago
      reminds me of an isuzu vehicross
        Hernan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kz
        That car was awesome when it came out (looks-wise) and STILL looks amazing whenever I see one on the street.
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      On it's own, it's not bad as a Rover softroader. Like a 2dr, SWB Evoque. As a Defender replacement, it's absolutely horrible though. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Like slap them on the back of the head and say, "wtf were you thinking?!" bad.
      Conner Wingard
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the new look might give it wider appeal, but it also might alienate the huge dedicated fan base that the defender has gained over its long history.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a cheap plastic toy, not the replacement for a tough, rugged, iconic off-roader.
        Snark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        Looks don't especially matter as far as toughness, ruggedness, or capability goes. I mean, look at the Volkswagen Amarok: shockingly capable onroad and off, tows two tons, 10 inches of ground clearance, three locking diffs, carries a metric ton in the bed....and it looks bland and soft as hell, like a lifted, stretched Golf with a bed. Same with the Hilux, the Patrol, the Land Cruiser Prado and 200 series...so it's just silly to think that a capable offroader has to look like a farm implement and drive like one too. This is 2011, not 1965.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      They just don't get what makes the Defender such an icon. Morons.
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