DC100 Sport and DC100

Last week, Road & Track published a handful of spy shots that revealed the changes Land Rover had made to the exterior of the DC100 concept. These changes were driven by consumer and enthusiast feedback that wished to see a DC100 that was more compatible with the Defender’s heritage. Now, Land Rover has released photos ahead of the official North American debut of the DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th. 

Below is the best official shot of the DC100 fitted with a few off-road accessories and wearing ‘Heritage Blue’ paint. It differs slightly from the images revealed by Road & Track. Most notably, the official images lack the row of off-road driving lights integrated into the roof rack. However, the images do show the roof rack, a snorkel, and 20-inch Cooper off-road tires — a significant improvement over the 22-inch low-profile street tires that were on the original concept. The DC100 Sport, on the other hand, sees no outward changes other than a top-mounted equipment rack for a surfboard or a cargo case. This is keeping in line with the “California cool” image Land Rover intends for the DC100 Sport.

Changes to the DC100 were driven by public feedback that expressed a desire to see a DC100 that was more compatible with the Defender’s heritage. 

DC100 Capability, Technology, and Sustainability

Land Rover still maintains that the DC100 is intended to “investigate [the] potential future design direction for the Defender,” going as far as making that statement the very first bullet point in its most recent DC100-related press release. As far as we know, what you see is what you get as far as the changes are concerned. We’re still looking at a vehicle that is intended to showcase some significant next-step technology, much of which focuses on off-road performance. The DC100 features technology such as the Wade Aid water depth sensing system, next-generation automated Terrain Response that does away with the need for driver-selectable settings, an eight-speed transmission designed to be coupled with future hybrid powertrains, and physical Driveline Disconnect that improves on-road efficiency.

John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director, had this to day about the DC100: “The Defender has always been at the heart of the Land Rover Brand and single-handedly defines our go-anywhere, can-do spirit. Our ambition is to create an all new Defender for a global market that remains absolutely faithfully to its original DNA: tough, versatile, durable and capable. “

Sustainability will also be and important part of the DC100 when it finally comes to market in 2015 as a replacement for the short-wheelbase Defender (the Defender 110 and 130 will live on for several years past 2015). When we talk about sustainability, we’re not only speaking of the use of renewable and recyclable resources, but also the longevity of the vehicle itself. Land Rover estimates that out of the nearly two million Defenders made, more than three-quarters of them are still going strong.

DC100 Concept Off-Road Pack

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