Discussion in 'Land Rover' started by HighestOfHigh, Aug 3, 2011.
- Land Rover Will Unveil Defender Concept at 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
They need to take this body make something of a Mercredes G55 competitor. Im pretty sure it would sell like hot cakes.
I can't wait for the new Defender. I hope it remains tough though.
Exciting. Make sure its ready for the U.S. market also. Land Rover is outshining its new partner (Jaguar). They're on the move.
I love defenders, and used to own a TD90 swb. I hope they retain the basic character of the car and just make it a little bit more refined. The defender is one of those rare cars that have real character I hope they manage to retain that.
One of the last 100% purpose-built vehicles on market today. I hope the replacement is a proper one, and not another fashion-SUV.
Land Rover Reveals Defender Concept Ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
- Land Rover Reveals Defender Concept Ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
I don't like it...
the traditionalists wont be pleased.
Looks like they're moving the Land Rover brand downmarket (and I imagine creating more models under the Land Rover name), and firmly establishing Range Rover as a premium brand.
It even shares some similarities with the Land Rover Freelander....
A Very nice update.
Hmm its not worth the name defender.. they need to do better!!
Land Rover previews new Defender with Frankfurt-bound DC100 concept
- Land Rover previews new Defender with Frankfurt-bound DC100 concept
Ew, f'ing gross.
I'm sick of all these "cute bubbly" looks coming out, especially when they're supposed to be the modern interpretations for tough cars like the DEFENDER!!
It's like M-B making a new G-Class that looks like a Pixar character that little children would find adorable.
Too soft. Looks like a 1st gen Nissan Xterra. Needs a serious infusion of "bad-ass" to live up to the Defender name.
After the new Disco 4 and STUNNING new Evoque, this is utterly disappointing :eusa_doh:
Ok so it misses the mark - as a worthy Defender replacement - but Land Rover has to be commended for their approach. This is not a new Defender; Land Rover clearly states that this is a true concept car designed to get people talking, to get them debating as to what is the essence of the most iconic off-road vehicle ever made. An all-new Defender is due in 2015 and Land Rover clearly views such a daunting prospect in the serious light it deserves.
Defenders are very special vehicles (I was closely aquainted with a glorious old '95 TDi 130 Double Cab) and the only cars I know that miraculously go faster as soon as you turn off a tar road.
Noisy - unrefined
Basic - lacks comfort on long journeys, especially seats
Slow - low cruising speed
Inefficient - particularly in terms of aerodynamics
Not "easy" to drive like more modern machinery
Tough - Rugged looks backed up by rugged construction
Capable - Excellent off-road prowess
Image - Nothing looks better off-road than a kitted out Defender - not even a Cruiser
Construction - Aluminium panels are corrosion resistant
Utilitarian - Simplicity means less is more off the beaten track
Practical - when last have you hosed down the floor of your car?
The Defender is not a fashion car - Victoria Beckham will not be consulted on the interior appointments - it's a workhorse that remarkably has found favour with poseurs looking to portray a certain lifestyle type of image. The amazing thing about a Defender is that it manages to look even better a little banged up - as South Africans we have an Afrikaans term for this, it's called houding and there's no appropriate English word for it. The new Defender has to have houding even when it's been roughed up (as is to be expected) and in the case of this concept - that's not going to cut it.
The fact remains: this concept is too soft, too stylised and too mainstream to cut it as the true and worthy Defender replacement. Nothing radical at all should be done around the thinking of Defender's purpose - its raison d'etre yet, conversely, where Land Rover does have to be radical is in the innovation around construction, technology and use of materials in the new model. It's got to be simple, it's got to be tough, it's got to be usable and it's got to be capable.
Land Rover, I would love to be involved in the design survey phase of the new Defender's development.
As a utility work-horse like the current car it seems too precious to take it adventuring.
But as a more customer orientated-lifestyle vehicle it hits the spot.
Ah the first Freelander. I remember Wolfgang Reitzle's first words after taking it for a drive when BMW took over Rover/Land Rover in front of expecting Rover/Land Rover executives... Gentlemen...It is a piece of s***!. WR was never one to mince with words when it came to cars.
Another hit design from Land Rover. They're officially on a roll. Now get that one over to the U.S. Land Rover is making Jaguar look like a real slacker.