New Land Rover Defender concept

Land Rover’s new DC100 Defender concept has made its Middle Eastern debut at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show by testing its abilities out on some of the landscape.

The DC100 concept was originally revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011 and is based on Land Rovers popular off-roader the Defender. This concept isn’t exactly aimed at being a production model, but aimed at exploring the potential direction of future Defender models.

Potential areas of exploration include the Defender’s mechanics, its body shape and style and technology.

Features of the DC100 concept include: the Terrain-i system (which maps out areas when driving in rough terrain), Wade Aid (which uses sonar technology to assess water depth) and a permanent four-wheel drive system.

Another feature is a torque vectoring programme which depending on the environments conditions automatically and instantly directs torque to the wheels with most grip, creating an infinitely adjustable traction control system for both tarmac and off-road driving.

Distinctive exterior features of the DC100 are evidently inspired from the original Land Rover Defender and include short overhangs, an upright windscreen and signature rounded headlights and front grille.

The exterior styling of the DC100 is also a lot more rounded than the original Defender design and is not as boxy. This may be hinting at the Defender being aimed at a wider market and being set to make a mainstream street model.

Land Rover vehicles are available with Perry’s Halifax dealership and Perry’s Huddersfield dealership.