As we told you last year, Land Rover decided to show up at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo and abandon the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. As a result, Land Rover unveils today the Defender Concept 100 and Defender Concept 100 Sport at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo wearing a brand new color, the so-called Firenze Red. The Defender Concept 100 made its first debut back in September 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it evolved since then as it got a new color called Heritage Blue at the LA Auto Show and few tweaks.
For those who don’t know, this concept preview the next-generation Defender and features short overhangs for extreme approach and departure angles, vertical panels, an upright windscreen and strong shoulder line for visibility and ease of positioning. Moreover, we find the Defender 'face' with its signature round lamps and prominent grille, incorporating a winch. The Defender Concept 100 Sport is the kind of vehicle designed for California’s surfer dudes.
Both vehicles feature the aimed Terrain Response system which will optimise the car for any conditions without driver pre-selection, but also the new Terrain-i system that creates an intelligent map of the topography in front of the car and displays it as a 3D visualisation. A new Wade Aid system utilises sonar sensors mounted in the bumpers and wing mirrors to measure water depth. Furthermore, we find the Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox, designed with Twin-Solenoid Stop/Start system mated to the latest eight-speed automatic gearbox.
With a history dating back at least 60 years, Land Rover has long been celebrated to be a brand that showcases design integrity. Indeed, the company has been known to be highly dependable when it comes to design and this why it has managed to arouse loyalty not only in the current Defender but even for the first version of the Series 1. Thus reinvigorating, much less reinventing, this particular design philosophy is seen as challenge. The company however has more than managed to meet such challenges and has done it not only with different methods but also with through two concepts, each being a symbol of one point on the company’s range of products.
These two are the DC 100 and the DC100 Sport, both showing that current evolution of the Defender’s design, one that has withstood 60 years. An important component of its charm is, of course, how the front section has been designed. Specifically, it has to have a sense of honesty and being open considering that since it is typically driven under the most extreme of conditions, dependability is a big factor. For the DC100, this is seen in its purposeful grille and the trademarked twin round headlamps.
The DC100 Sport meanwhile gives a version of the typical Land Rover appearance and makes it more focused on performance and being assertive. By having compact dimensions, overhangs made short, and the addition of the alloy 22-inch wheels, it gives these two all-terrain concept a four-square and more purposeful stance. Other features common to the two include the edges of its bonnet being positioned on the shoulder line and the triangular vent placed on the front wings.
A more pronounced handle set that has been put on the trailing edge of its doors is seen on the two as well. These common details in fact reference the one on the current Land Rovers. In terms of design, it is all about showing strength while being simple. Under the waist for example, the bodywork follows the design philosophy of ensuring function and harmony and thus any unnecessary detailing are not included.
Having almost vertical panels and the shoulder line being sharply defined, plus the fact that these are visible to the driver, result in the signature Command driving position of Land Rover, one that inspires confidence. Just above the waist though, particularly for the DC100, it has a different design which shows that this platform is indeed flexible and modular.
Much like the first Land Rover, and even the Defender model after it, the DC100 comes in a shape that is immediately recognizable. It looks at home either when travelling through a lava field in Iceland or through the grasslands of England.