At the Frankfurt Motor Show two new Defender cars were unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover.
Jaguar and Land Rover have been enjoying a period of strong sales fuelled, in part, by a growing number of orders from markets abroad, including China and India. The DC100 and DC100 Sport demonstrate the thinking behind the on-going development of the iconic and ever popular Defender, which is intended for production in 2015.
Both of them share some common features with a three-across front seat to look like the early Land Rover vehicles.
Unveiling the car, Land Rover Brand Director John Edwards said; “This vehicle will have broad appeal, and we believe will be as popular with commercial users as private buyers.”
Finished in bright yellow, the DC100 Sport is effectively a speedster with a wrap-round aero screen claimed to be inspired by the fold-down front windscreen of soft-top versions of the old series Land Rovers.
The car also features social seating, three abreast across the front, a removable touch screen display and a generous load bed which incorporate fittings specifically designed to secure extreme sports equipment.
It is based on a lightweight and mixed-alloy platform. It has cutting-edge, sustainable, hi-tech materials taken from aerospace industries
The Terrain-i scanning device gives warning to the driver of obstacles when off-roading and can suggest alternative routes. Wade Aid integrates sonar technology to assess water depth and advise the driver of optimum speed.
Intelligent, next-generation, Land Rover Terrain Response system automatically optimizes the car for any environment. Driver-activated spiked tire system can be deployed at the touch of a button.
It has a permanent four-wheel drive with an eight-speed transmission, Intelligent Stop/Start and a transfer case.
They have the 2.0 liter, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine with hybrid and plug-in capabilities.
While the DC100 is powered by a four-cylinder diesel, the Sport gets a petrol engine, and can be specified as a plug-in hybrid. An eight-speed auto and stop-start also feature.