We were thrilled to see that Land Rover unveiled a pair of concept vehicles in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The two models; a drop-top and a more business-like fixed roof off-roader, signal a pair of possible directions of the next generation Defender. Both models are very attractive and they at least look off-road-ready, but since they're concept vehicles they're likely all show and no go, right?

Not so fast. Our sister publication Translogic actually got behind the wheel of the DC100 concepts, and there were no paved roads in sight.

Hit the jump
to watch on as Bradley Hasemeyer scores some time with the hot-looking DC100 convertible. We don't see any 40-degree grades or serious rocks to traverse, but we do learn about some amazing off-road technology like Automatic Train Response and incredible-sounding spiked-on-demand tires.


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      Jason Alan Sipes
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it a lot! It's very loud but very well done.
      chet4chat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Automatic train response? BWAHAHAAHAHAAHA Autoblog FTW!
        chet4chat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chet4chat
        Sorry Translogic. Even better. Editors? Hello????? Where are you. Are you listening???
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a neat vehicle, but it's not a Defender.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know, with all this technology. I think all the technology should be left to the Discovery (or whatever it's called in the States). I think the Defender should stay as mechanical as possible while staying true to its rugged, off-road roots. Advance it, by all means. Make it lighter, stronger, more powerful yet economical. Just don't dilute its pedigree with electronics. This is the Land Rover that's used by farmers and the military, and they aren't really up for James Bond-style gadgets. That's not the point of the Defender.
      PhilliePhan75
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they put in james Bondlike technology then I will expect to have grenade launchers from the front and back, an ejecter seat, of course machine guns pop out of the hood and trunk
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haven't the brits heard of the saying, "Less is more"? I think it rings true especially in utilitarian 4x4 world. I dont want my fancy electronic diff locking up in the amazon jungle or my sonar sensor shorting out on siberian river crossing or worse have electrics failed in the middle of a monsoon. They should embrace the concept of 'keep it simple, stupid' for the defender not turn it into a luxury lifestyle 4x4. We have the Range Rover and Discovery for that.
        Fran Cats
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        The Brits don't own land rover anymore, the Indians do. Thats why it looks like Bollywood
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Fran Cats
          Land Rover Ltd is a British company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of an Indian parent. That in now way reflects on Land Rovers beginning to look "Indian". Seriously, can the comments on get any more bleeding stupid?
        The Kingpin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        fun fact: India owns Land Rover now.
      FrankO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did that guy jump ship? What's with the life vest he's wearing? No thanks, more Wrangler please.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, I'm just not the biggest fan of Translogic. I don't like the name of the show (site?), and I could never picture myself hanging out with that guy IRL.
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't really have anything to say. I just like seeing my name in the posts.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      The Kingpin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the ideas put forward by this design. but some questions do come up: One example is how they intend to apply the tire spike idea. That would mean you could only replace your tires at Land Rover dealerships. That in turn makes it difficult and awkward for places with few dealerships around. There's no arguing it's a cool idea. But the application will be a problem. In a lot of places, small garages outnumber dealerships 300+:1. And I'm just talking about where I live. I can't imagine how much that number inflates in a place like the US or UK. These tires will also be quite a bit more expensive than current equivalents. The world's having an economic crisis. This isn't really the best time to have highly expensive, flashy tech-heavy tires installed on cars.
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