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Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show

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On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover DC100 II Coming To LA Auto Show

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Land Rover debuted the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts, providing a first look at the direction it was taking with its next Defender. While the concept will eventually replace the Defender in 2015, Land Rover admitted that the Frankfurt DC100 was just the first step in a long development process.

The next step will come at the LA Auto Show, which begins in about two weeks. Land Rover will show an updated DC100 concept at the show.

So it looks like the DC100 has the makings of an even longer, more drawn out FT-86. Because within two short months we're going to already have seen three separate versions of it (DC100, DC100 Sport, and DC100 II). So who knows how many slight revisions we'll have to sit through before the production version launches.

I am hoping that the LA DC100 is a marked departure from the Frankfurt concept, but I fear that it will merely be a very modest revision. In my opinion, the DC100 did a very poor job in conveying the Defender's role as a serious off-roading machine. Instead, the DC100 tames the Defender down to the point where it's a slightly more capable Evoque.

I'd love to see some harder lines and angles on the DC100 II, things that have always been central to the Defender's design.

Showing that there's hope of that design direction, Land Rover brand director John Edwards recently told Inside Line: "Sometimes we talk too much about the NAS [North American specification] 90 Defender and surfer dudes, and not enough about the Red Cross, Zambia or the Australian Outback. We want to get back to our roots, but it would be nice if in doing so, we can also sell it to the Californian surfer dude."

Edwards said that Land Rover wants the next Defender to be suitable for third world markets.

The original DC100 really didn't look like it was ready to take on many Safari or Outback missions, so let's hope that Land Rover has a plan to get it there.



Stephy21 | 10:19AM (Fri, Nov 4, 2011)

I am really impressed with this land rover its everything any outdoor person could ask for. Its very flashy and looks amazing they did an excellent job redesigning this land rover.


AutoHistory | 11:16AM (Mon, Nov 7, 2011)

couldn't agree more

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