Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport Get Red Paint for New Delhi Debut

If you’ve been paying attention to the auto show scene lately, you might know that the Land Rover DC100 Sport is basically just a convertible version of the DC100, and that both are modern reinterpretations of the iconic Defender. As it turns out, not everyone was so convinced of this, so the DC100 line has been tweaked – or, repainted, so it seems -- for its New Delhi Auto Expo debut.

Continuing its tradition of changing paint colors on the DC100 every time it shows it on a new continent, Land Rover gave the hardtop and softtop off-roaders a new Firenze red paint job for the New Delhi Auto Show this week. This comes after experimenting with baby blue for its American debut in Los Angeles, as well as sunflower yellow and silver at its original European debut in Frankfurt.

The decision to paint both cars red, according to Autocar, was that there seemed to be a bit of confusion in previous shows. Apparently, a number of bystanders somehow thought that the DC100 and DC100 Sport were too different, especially when painted in different colors. Painting them the same hue should hopefully remove whatever confusion still lingered.

Underneath the Firenze Red paintjobs, however, it’s the same DC100 and DC100 Sport that we’ve been seeing for months now, featuring whizbangery like Wade Aid, which mounts sonar in the bumpers to detect water depth and decide if the car can ford it.

The DC100 and DC100 Sport are still a ways away from production, so expect to see many more colors of the rainbow in the auto shows to come.

Source: Land Rover

Terry Leslie
Worried and disappointed. This appeasers to be another Evo, not a Defender. I am on my 6th Landie, having owned a classic Rangie, a series1 Discovery and a series 1 update Discovery, a TD5 defender wagon, a Discovery 3 and now an 2011 Defender dual cab 110. All of them worked hard, but were cared for mechanically and in their presentation. My current one has spent 12 months and 35 000km in Central Australia, towing an off-road caravan over challenging territory. Not one issue from any of the vehicles except a blown headlight in the Disco 3 and a broken gearbox mount in the Defender. My point is that Land Rover needs to continue to produce a vehicle which is strong, versatile and more capable than than the 'average'. Will the DC 100 have a variety of body configurations? Will it withstand conditions which my Defender has and still look new and perform like new, as mine does? Will the military still want to buy Land Rovers? Looking at the proposed replacement, I think my 110 will be with me for a very long time. There are reasons why the Land Rover has endured for 60+ years. Yes, bring its needs into the 21st century, but don't discard what makes it desirable - a tough, easily maintained and highly capable 4x4 which handles, brakes, rides well and loves to work its arse off.
Todd A. Jensen
The DC100 hardtop has grown on me since its release and I see potential there, but I'm still a little dubious on DC100 Sport. Land Rover's idea that the DC100 Sport is pulled directly from the DNA of the original "canvas-roofed Land Rovers" just doesn't sync up very well when the vehicle is positioned as a fashion roadster with little apparent utility. It will be interesting to see how the Sport transitions from concept to production over the next couple of years.

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