UNOFFICIAL DEFENDER CONCEPT KEEPS IT SIMPLE
JLR is busy on the replacement for the Defender, but so is the mysterious 'Dezyn Smith'
various versions of the DC100 concept, Mr Smith has been working on his own Defender concept since 2010.
And we rather like it. Simple, rugged, chunky, utilitarian. All the things, in short, that a 'proper' Defender ought to be.
"It was a tough one as I didn't see anything wrong with the looks - it just needed a bit of updating," he tells us. "Everyone does it: Porsche, Mustang, Camaro, Mini, Corvette, Jeep, Challenger, all the Golfs, in fact even the Range Rover. So I decided we keep the look but update it."
Having said that, the Dezyn Smith knows the key to car design is working out when to stop: "I wanted a hard square look but with was soft and rounded edges - if we wanted to over-style, we would have done a sports car!"
Crucial to the Dezyn Smith's proposal is rugged mechanical simplicity. His car would have a ladder-frame chassis, a choice of engines and body styles, entirely washable interiors, removable and interchangeable panels (you could take the Jerry can panel off and put a panel with window in, or have a roof with solar cells swapped for a canvas roof).
"A proposal has been sent to Land Rover, and they are famous for supporting talent and creativity," says Mr Smith (flattery will get you everywhere). "I hope they support us to take this concept further." So do we, sir. So do we.