A leak from the Chinese patent office, suggests that the production version of the Land Rover DC100, the mooted successor to the Land Rover Defender, will be production in by 2015 by the Chery-JLR joint venture. Chery and JLR are expected to make Changshu its base in the next few weeks as the two are settling on a new project just 100km west of Shanghai in order to make and sell cars in the booming Chinese market.
The DC100 patent was filed in February this year. The wheelbase is stated to be 2540mm but the engine for the DC100 has not been confirmed. The current Defender is sold in China but as an imported vehicle is very expensive so sales are minimal.