Frankfurt Motor Show – Land Rover Defender DC100
The British car maker Land Rover has revealed today the second version of its DC100 Concept at the 2011 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. With this second iteration of the concept, LR wants to demonstrate the design and image flexibility that it plans on implementing on the production version which will be out sometime in 2015.
Wearing a yellow exterior paint, the DC100 Sport is an open-top speedster-style car that has cut-down screens as well as a twin-humped fastback tonneau to shroud its payload area and rear seats. It rides on massive 22-inch alloys that are wrapped around in ultra low profile rubbers. Just like the first DC100, this one features a 3+3 seating configuration, a throwback to the seating arrangement of the original Land Rovers.
The car is motivated by either a 2.0-liter gasoline or diesel engine and can offer hybrid capabilities as well, while the engine is mated to an 8-speed transmission. The now popular stop/start system is standard, as well as the newest generation of the Terrain Response. The engine benefits from a traditional transfer box in order to provide permanent AWD, but it also has a so-called “driveline disconnect” system that can decouple the wheels in the back for improving fuel efficiency when you don’t need the all-wheel drive system.
On the roof of the Land Rover Defender DC100 are solar panels, while another interesting technology would have to be the continuous Internet connection, as well as the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which is a new type of key fob recognition.
When the production version will be launched in 2015, experts in the industry estimate that the new model will be sold in approximately 50,000 units per year. Until then, we’ll probably see many other similar concepts that will offer a sneak preview of the road-going model.
Source: Land Rover via Autocar
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