Mike Stevens | Sep 13, 2011

Saving the best for last, Land Rover has revealed a second DC100 Defender concept in Frankfurt this week: the DC100 Sport.

Following the online unveiling of the DC100 late last month, the new Sport variant is described as "an active expression of freedom and leisure."

While it could technically be considered a pick-up, the Sport is intended to be more of a recreational weekender with a dollop of motor-show flair.

Like the DC100, the DC100 Sport is built on a lightweight mixed-alloy platform, and both concepts featuring a 2540mm wheelbase.

Each get a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol or diesel engine (specs haven't been revealed yet), and Land Rover says both are ready to operate as either a parallel or plug-in hybrid system.

While the DC100 features an updated version of Land Rover's existing air-suspension system, the DC100 Sport has been developed with more of a road focus and rides on MagneRide adjustable dampers.

The unbeaten track is the Defender's home of course, and both concepts feature a transfer case and a Driveline Disconnect system for switching to front-wheel-drive mode.

A new full-featured LCD screen replaces all of the centre stack's buttons and switches, and both concepts get inductive power strips, allowing powered devices to be charged or operated without plugging them in.


Feature Breakdown

  • Three-abreast 'social seating' is inspired by the earliest Land Rovers.
  • The Terrain-i scanning device warns the driver of obstacles when off-roading and can suggest alternative routes.
  • Wade Aid uses sonar technology to assess water depth and advise the driver of optimum speed.
  • Intelligent next-generation Land Rover Terrain Response system automatically optimises the car for any environment.
  • Driver-activated spiked tyre system can be deployed at the touch of a button.
  • Permanent four-wheel drive with an eight-speed transmission and Intelligent Start/Stop.

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