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Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US

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On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Land Rover Defender Confirmed For US

It's not yet clear if we really want the next generation Defender in the United States. It may still have a long way to go before production, but it's looking far more Malibu and less Moab at the moment—and we're not loving it. But, like it or not, Land Rover's hardcore icon is making its return to the US market, a market it's been absent from for nearly 20 years.

Land Rover global brand director John Edwards told media at the LA Auto Show that the model will return to the US by mid-decade. Pretty soon, the Jeep Wrangler will have a little competition on the trails of southern Utah, northern California and elsewhere.

Or at least we hope the Defender will deliver some actual off-road competition. So far, the DC100 that previews the Defender has looked anything but off-road-inspired. While Land Rover has paid lip service to the fact that it wants the Defender to be ready for the world's toughest environments, and has equipped the concepts with some rugged gear like a snorkel and retractable tire spikes, the DC100 and DC100 Sport just look like sad, dolled-up shells of actual Defender models. Soft angles, lack of metal, Land Cruiser-mirroring white roof and baby blue paint schemes just do not inspire all-terrain confidence.

In addition to the announcement, Land Rover debuted two slightly updated DC100s. The DC100 and DC100 Sport originally debuted in Frankfurt, and over the past two months, they gained some minor updates like the Heritage Blue paint and intake snorkel on the hard-top. Both the open-air and hard-top versions also get 20-inch wheel packages.

We hope that we don't see the DC100 for a while after LA, giving Land Rover some time to transform this thing into a jeep that's actually worthy of being a Defender successor. Land Rover won't attend the Detroit Auto Show, so it will be another few months before it has a chance to show the concept on US soil again.



Stephy21 | 11:55AM (Mon, Nov 28, 2011)

I sure do hope the DC100 and The DC100 sport get a tougher look cause the way they look now i don't think any body would really want to buy them for off road. But they sure do have a lot to do if they want to compete with the Jeep Wrangler but it should be interesting to see what kinda changes they make.

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