Debut of the Land Rover DC100 Concept, previewing the next-generation Defender, at the Frankfurt Motor Show made huge waves. The most surprising thing was not the debut itself, but the fact that the car arrived in two versions: a hardtop and an open-air model. Later this month, the company promises to unveil a third version at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It is yet unclear how the LA show car will differ from the versions shown at the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt, or what body-style it'll feature.
Land Rover hasn't yet confirmed whether the production version of the concept will be available in North America. A little hint on the vehicle's availability was given though by Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards in an interview with the Edmund's Insideline. He said that the Defender must be capable, usable, and abusable quite appropriate for the Third World Market. He mentioned that they do talk much about the North American Specification 90 Defender, and not enough about Australian Outback and Zambia. Even though with the new Defender the company wants to get back to its roots, according to John Edwards, it would be nice if they could also sell it to the Californian surfer dudes.