Land Rover took to the Delhi Auto Expo with a pair of Defender Concepts, demonstrating a few design possibilities Land Rover could pursue with the next-generation SUV. The company says it intends to launch the vehicle by 2015, which means the automaker has its work cut out for it if it plans to meet that deadline. The concepts feature many of the same attributes that made the original Defender and off-road icon, including dramatically short overhangs front and rear and a near vertical wind screen for increased visibility.

This isn't the first time we've seen the pair of Defenders, though. After an initial debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Land Rover spruced them up for a North American reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November.

The Defender Concept Twins also come loaded with technology designed to make blazing your own trail all the easier, including a clever sonar-based system that can measure water depth as the vehicle crosses deep creeks and flooded streams. In addition, a new Terrain Response system maps the ground ahead of the vehicle in 3D and suggests alternate routes when the vehicle detects an obstruction. Hit the jump for a quick video on the vehicle as well as the full press release.



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Land Rover Defender Concept 100 At New Delhi Auto Expo

Land Rover's Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport have made their Indian debut at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2012. These concepts investigate the potential design direction for a replacement for the iconic Defender.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: "The Defender has always been at the heart of the Land Rover Brand and single-handedly defines our go-anywhere, can-do sprit. Our ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithful to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. At the same time, it will be developed for the 21st century and adaptable for the needs of future generations.

"Our intention is to introduce the all new Defender in the middle of the decade - there's a lot of work to do to meet these dates and our concepts are just the start of the journey. We are here inIndiato showcase the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport."

Capturing the rugged, dependable and adventurous spirit of the original, the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport are intended to showcase the potential breath of capability for the future Defender family. Evolved since their unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the concepts now ride on optimised off-road 20-inch alloy wheels shod with Cooper all-terrain tyres.

Shown for the first time in Firenze Red paint with a white roof, the Defender Concept 100 re-invents the essential Defender design cues for the 21st century. These include short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning and, of course, the honest Defender 'face' with its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch.

Also in Firenze Red, the Defender Concept 100 Sport takes all these key design cues and adds to them the spirit of freedom first embodied by the early canvas-roofed Land Rovers with their fold-down windscreens to create a concept bursting with California cool.

Core Land Rover attributes of capability and versatility are underpinned in both concepts by a suite of innovative off-road technological aids that reduce the workload on the driver.

Foremost of these is the next generation of Land Rover's acclaimed Terrain Response system which will optimise the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection. In addition, a new Terrain-i system creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation. Terrain-i automatically identifies potential hazards and suggests alternative routes. In urban environments the same system is able to identify pedestrians and hazards with great accuracy.

A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. As with Terrain Response, Wade Aid will optimise the car for water crossings by closing body vents, raising the ride height, selecting a low gear and advising on the safest speed.

Sustainability has always been a Land Rover hallmark - more than three-quarters of the almost two million Defenders made are still doing regular duty - and the Defender Concepts extend this commitment with new technologies that will reduce their environmental impact. The first is an intelligent Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox, both of which have been designed with future hybridisation in mind. Second is the unique Driveline Disconnect system, which sends power to the front-axle only unless conditions demand all-wheel drive. Unlike conventional systems, this physically, rather than electronically, decouples the rear-axle to reduce friction losses but can reengage drive almost instantaneously.


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      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      too toylike, same problem the FJ has.
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a great looking Land Rover, but it seems more of a shortened Discovery/LR3 type vehicle, and not the safari-busting off roader that the Defender is. I think any new Defender needs to be exceedingly back-to-basics, and this concept isn't.
      DrkNite72
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too much Range Rover not enough Land Rover DEFENDER. way too much tech on it, sonar??? really??? is a Defender for gods sake! they will probably put air suspension on it too. Don't get me wrong I love Land Rovers, I drive and LR3, it's just this isn't a Defender. if it cant be bush fixed with simple hand tools and a big hammer it shouldn't be called a Defender. wow i said Defender a lot there didn't I
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DrkNite72
        Yep Defender should be able to last in the bush almost indefinitely. Luckily the Land Cruiser trucks are still in production
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it will retain the legendary off-road ability.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would be a great truck if it weren't replacing the Defender. Just imagining this thing as a 110 or 130 just seems... awkward.
      Wendell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini should be asking for their Countryman concepts bask any moment now
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wendell
        Yup; because this look sooooo much better than that awful slapdash effort of BMW's.
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      Land Rover would be wise in dropping the 'Defender' name...
      McNonymous
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agree with most comments about not fitting the Defender legacy. However, it is growing on me a little bit… Will hold any concrete judgment until I see the real thing.
      Grizzld
      • 2 Years Ago
      Butt-ugly...
      masonperegrine
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still think all that black plastic front looks like a first-gen Freelander...and not in a good way. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Land_Rover_Freelander_--_09-26-2009.jpg/800px-Land_Rover_Freelander_--_09-26-2009.jpg
      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem I am having with this car (yes car) is that like the Land Rover, Humvee, Jeep and other military workhorses of the past, this just comes across as not fitting the bill ... it's not really utilitarian enough, yes it's cool ... but let's not kid ourselves this surely isn't going to be seen in the theater of war. I know there are other uses, but the military buys these things by the dozen ... it's just not a Land Rover replacement!
      rishi.hans
      • 2 Years Ago
      Iconic defender irreplacable. Why alter perfection?
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