Frankfurt show: Shock new Defender
Land Rover has revealed another, ‘cool’ form of its DC100 Defender substitute concept in the Frankfurt motor show.
This second concept targets demonstrating the look and style versatility it promises to build in to the new model, that is due in 2015.
Dubbed DC100 Sport, the yellow-colored supporting concept is really a sporty, open-capped speedster-style vehicle with cut-lower screens along with a twin-humped fastback tonneau to shroud its rear seats and payload area. Like its fixed-mind twin, it rolls on 22in alloy wheels and ultra-low-profile tyres.
The Game has got the same three-plus- three seating plan because the first DC100, a mention of front seat layout of original Land Rovers. The Game reaches this week’s Frankfurt show, standing plus the more mainstream ‘tool’ form of the DC100.
“We wish to acknowledge the strong style of the initial Land Rover without having to be harnessed into it,Inches states design boss Gerry McGovern. “Deciding what lengths you decide to go in recognising the present vehicle is among the greatest challenges. Today’s Defender is an excellent machine however it has numerous problems: it’s difficult to build, not so space efficient, the driving position is cramped, it isn’t very comfortable for passengers, and so forth. We must change it. Our task would be to understand important great and to generate a contemporary design with similar attributes – the benefit of modern design and no drawbacks.”
However, the work isn’t being considered just to recreate a symbol. Land Rover sees this being an chance to market the type of ‘premium durability’ Sports utility vehicle that nobody else is making – in the same manner because it opened up a brandname-new niche for that Range Rover Evoque – inside a world marketplace for 2.3 million functional 4x4s.
Their target is to help make the new Defender as versatile and simple to configure as current models. We have an eye on sales to industrial users, maqui berry farmers and worldwide physiques such as the United nations in addition to ordinary customers. However, producing specialist army versions – once an essential supply of sales for Land Rover – might be attractive later on, states brand chief John Edwards, however it will not be the first priority.
The program would be to launch the vehicle in 2015, at volumes industry watchers estimate at approximately 50,000 units annually.
At Frankfurt, the DC100 offers an impressive showcase for Land Rover’s accumulating store of recent technology. Power is as simple as 2.-litre gas or diesel engines with hybrid and plug-in abilities, driving with an eight-speed gear box. Intelligent stop-start is standard, together with latest-generation Terrain Response (most likely with a brand new ‘auto’ function to lessen driver workload). The powertrain includes a traditional transfer box to supply permanent four-wheel drive, however it contains a ‘driveline disconnect’ system that decouples the trunk axle in order to save fuel when all-wheel drive isn’t needed.
Among more speculative technology, the DC100 has solar power panels on its roof, continuous internet connectivity, a brand new type of key fob recognition known as RFID (for Rf Identification) along with a soft metallic silver finish for a lot of its interior to mirror the sun’s sun rays and the inside cooler. Much use consists of lightweight and recycled materials, to stress sustainability – a Land Rover watchword.
Interiors are trimmed with Ultrafabric and Superfabric, two new premium-feel materials of big durability, and also the cabins contain built-in induction charging stations for battery-powered gadgets for example tools.
Although Land Rover leaders insist that response to the DC100 concepts will guide them in deciding the detail specs of the new model, much work has clearly recently been done. The Game concept – whose surfaces and dimension is identical underneath the waistline towards the original – is the greatest evidence yet that Land Rover bosses really made the decision some several weeks ago to exchange their 63-year-old icon by having an all-new model concentrating on the same abilities and key dimensions to the present model, but with no shortcomings.
Both DC100 concepts use “a lightweight, mixed alloy platform”, based on Land Rover’s official statement. More openly, insiders say you will find at two competing chassis options: a shortened and lightened form of the present T5 (with a primary disadvantage to weight but additionally includes a sophisticated all-independent suspension) or perhaps an all-new platform that will eventually become utilized in several wheelbases for an array of Defender models. Because of the planned Defender model versatility and needed strength from the new model, there appears little question that any new chassis is a separate ladder-frame design.
No conclusion has yet been arrived at about in which the new Defender may be made, but Edwards believes that around 90 percent of production may find buyers outdoors the United kingdom (Land Rover sells in 167 export markets), which implies the model may be manufactured abroad, possibly in India, where parent company Tata Motors relies, or perhaps in China, where Land Rover sales are booming and therefore are likely to grow bigger still.