We last saw the Defender concepts at the Frankfurt auto show just last month, where they started the conversation about bringing a new Defender to the world. Land Rover confirmed today that it does intend to launch a new Defender for the global market in 2015.
There are two concepts: the light blue DC100, the traditional hardtop SUV, and the yellow DC100 Sport, which LR press materials tout as an "active expression of freedom and leisure." It's the convertible.
Defenders past have been iconic can-do, go-anywhere vehicles. So it's important to the folks at Land Rover that the new incarnation of the Defender be true to this legacy and remain faithful to the original DNA. The design is simple but distinctive, reminiscent of Defenders past, but manages to be both sleek and somehow still chunky at the same time.
Land Rover still isn't saying if we'll see a production version in North America, but it did say that it's here in L.A. because the company is exploring the possibility of bringing it here. Should it do it? If you're here in California and planning on going to the show, make sure you let them know.