The Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport concepts that were shown at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2012 illustrate 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.'
He explained, '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 in India to showcase the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport.'
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 20-inch diameter alloy wheels shod with Cooper all-terrain tyres. The Defender Concept 100 is said to 're-invent the essential Defender design cues for the 21st century including the short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning and the Defender 'face' with its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch.'
New for New Delhi was the Firenze Red paint on both models with a contrasting white roof on the DC100. Core Land Rover attributes of capability and versatility are said to be underpinned in both concepts by a suite of innovative off-road technological aids that reduce the workload on the driver. See the new version of the DC100 Sport Concept on LROTV click here for LROTV