Land Rover Defender possible next gen in Land Rover DC100 concept

The iconic Land Rover Defender isn’t one that can be replaced easily but given the mood, it could soon be an iconic offroader of the past. A very able vehicle, it misses out on cutting edge tech. In having to adhere to European emissions regulations, JLR is committed to phasing out the Defender and replacing it in 2015.

Jaguar Land Rover is all set to unveil their replacement concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 13th September, so, one may get a feel of what to expect as the next JLR Defender. The Land Rover DC100 concept will uphold the elements that define the Defender while taking a few steps forward to determine the possible future direction of the SUV.

The Land Rover DC100 concept design team was led by Gerry McGovern. Though no further development is expected to be confirmed anytime soon, the feasibility of a JLR Defender in the future is what will determine whether or not the concept would go into production in 2015.

Director of Design, Land Rover, Gerry McGovern had this to say. “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide. This isn’t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century.”

Global Brand Director, Land Rover, John Edwards, had this to say. “Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market. We plan to engage with existing and potential customers to help us finalize the details of the new vehicle. One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be an exciting journey, and we can’t wait to get going.”