Land Rover has revealed what the next-generation Defender may look like by showing off the DC100, a modern interpretation of the British carmaker's iconic sport-utility vehicle.
"Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive design world; it is a car that inspires people worldwide," said Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern. "This isn't a production-ready concept but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st century."
According to Land Rover, the DC100 concept builds on the essential elements of the Defender's character, and allows the carmaker to open the debate and inspire people to dream about the Defenders of the future.
"Loved the world over for its simple, honest and distinctive design, we are determined that the new Defender will be true to its heritage, while meeting the requirements of a changing global market," said John Edwards, Land Rover's global brand director. "We plan to engage with existing and potential customers to help us finalize the details of the new vehicle. One thing's for sure, it's going to be an exciting journey, and we can't wait to get going."
Land Rover hopes to start the production of an all-new Defender by 2015.