2nd September, 2011
Is the Land Rover Defender about to get a massive makeover? It sure looks like Land Rover has the intention, with this new Defender DC100 Concept set to make a public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Itâ€™s not a bad idea really, after all, all the passenger car companies are having a field day with modern day retro-futuristic interpretations of their muscle car classics â€“ we now have cool modern versions of cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. So why canâ€™t Land Rover do the same?
Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide. This isnâ€™t a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century,â€ says Gerry McGovern, Director of Design, Land Rover.
A new Land Rover Defender is set to be launched in 2015. Revising its design is one thing, but what about its construction? Will Land Rover replace the Defenderâ€™s ladder frame construction with a monocoque design?