Frankfurt Motor Show: Land Rover DC 100 & DC 100 Sport concepts
September 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Land Rover’s DC 100 concepts explore the future of the Defender. They’re both built on a new lightweight, mixed-alloy platform, and feature new tech including sonar-assisted ‘Wade Aid’, i-Terrain scanning with navigation to avoid obstacles, always-on telematics and connectivity, a smart-tag key system, next-generation Terrain Response plus cabin materials including flax, natural polymers and a seat foam derived from castor oil.
Their 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol (DC 100 Sport) and diesel (DC 100 hard-top) engines have hybrid, plug-in hybrid and induction charging compatibility, an eight-speed ZF auto gearbox and stop-start; Driveline Disconnect decouples the rear axle for front-wheel drive only when four-wheel drive is not necessary, thus further saving fuel. Details such as the driver-deployable spiked tyres for driving on ice or snow may not make it to production, but it’s a fair bet that some of this tech, and a few of the styling cues, will appear in the all-new Defender range (2015).