Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Land Rover Defender Concept

As far as car makers go, Land Rover isn’t thought of as one of companies progressing green technology. In fact, over all the months and hundreds of vehicles we’ve covered here at EarthTechling, we’ve only reported on the luxury sport utility vehicle manufacturer once, covering news of its Range_e Hybrid earlier this year in conjunction with the Geneva Auto Show 2011.

But Land Rover might be looking to change perceptions about its products as the company has announced two versions of a new hybrid vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, unveiling an updated eight-speed transmission Defender Concept.

Land Rover Defender, Land Rover, Plug-In Hybrids, Hybrids, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via Land Rover

Dubbed the DC100 and DC100 Sport, few performance details about the vehicles have been revealed. Land Rover’s Defender model has been a part of the automaker’s signature brand for almost 60 years, and the new concept editions will continue the tradition of rugged off-road adventures with features like terrain scanning, push-button spiked tires, and a sonar device for gauging water depth.

The new Defenders will be all-wheel vehicles like previous incarnations, but the company says both the standard and sport versions will come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, including built-in induction charging station technology.

Land Rover Defender, Land Rover, Plug-In Hybrids, Hybrids, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via Land Rover

Still a few years away, Land Rover claims the company will be making the concept vehicles into production cars by the year 2015, which gives the automaker, and us, plenty of time to release more powertrain details over the next several months.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.