What is it?
The debate over how Land Rover should replace its venerable Defender rages on. The Land Rover Defender DC100 concept twins undoubtedly poured fuel onto the flames of this when they were unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and now it's time to get behind the wheel of the most relevant of the two show cars, the fixed roof model. Can it offer more clues to how the 2015 Defender will turn out?
What's it like?
Parked up on a snowy piste in France the ruby red concept looks nothing short of dramatic. Many show cars look out of place away from the spotlights of the motor show, but the DC100 is right at home on the snow. The location of our drive somehow moves the concept closer to reality, and snow stuck in the grooves of the chunky off-road tyres serves to emphasise that.
The wheel-at-each corner stance seems more pronounced in the fixed roof model, and though some doubters liken the shape of the DC100 to the Skoda Yeti, it's unmistakably a Land Rover when you're standing next to it. Like the iconic Defender 90 it's relatively compact, though the show car is much wider than its predecessor.
That width makes itself known inside, where the two occupants have room to stretch out. You do step up into the car, but the seats are mounted right on the floor so overall it feels as if you sit lower than in the current Defender. Regardless, the upright windscreen and see-through C-pillars ensure that visibility is good.