Cameras and sensors have been incorporated into the all-terrain system to visualize the environment ahead while inputting the data so that Terrain-i can actively adjust itself to traverse the road surface accordingly. In the city, Terrain-i also has the aptitude to identify civilians and self-brake prior to impact should the driver be inattentive. Furthermore, Wade Aid reconfigures the DC100 into a submarine by allowing it to sonically measure water depths for safe stream and river crossings. Self-parking, 3G connectivity, smart phone compatibility, and a Start/Stop feature add to the technological enhancements found in both vehicles.
As stated previously, it’s a challenge for any company to upgrade a living legend, particularly when it has lived up to its original intention and far exceeded the boundaries of the Brit’s expectations and wildest imaginations. Land Rover’s Design Director, Gerry McGovern, might have summed it up best. “Replacing the iconic Defender is one of the biggest challenges in the automotive world. It is a car that has inspired people worldwide. These aren’t production ready concepts but the beginning of a four-year journey to design a relevant Defender for the 21st Century,” he stated stated. Well then, let’s get on to the next one.