The Defender is one of the most beloved vehicles in Land Rover’s stable of vehicles. While it’s no longer sold in the U.S., Land Rover still sells the rugged off-roader in dozens of markets worldwide. Nevertheless, it’s in desperate need of a thorough makeover to make it more civilized and, more importantly, more efficient.
Next month, Land Rover may give us a preview of what to expect in the next Defender model in the guise of the DC100 Concept. Land Rover has released few details on the new concept, but it appears to combine the lines of the current Defender with cues from Toyota’s FJ Cruiser.
“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,” said John Edwards, Global Brand Director, Land Rover. “We plan to engage with existing and potential customers to help us finalise 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.”
Land Rover is quick to note this concept is nowhere near production-ready, but we hope that the clean lines of the DC100 make it onto the next Defender, which arrives in 2015.
Stay tuned for the DC100 Concept’s unveiling in just a few weeks.