For now, Land Rover is still calling its DC100 Defender replacement a concept, but as time goes on it seems pretty certain it will become the real deal.

As die-hard Defender purists,we’re having trouble adjusting to the idea that the beloved boxy original is truly headed for extinction, but full marks to Land Rover for trying to demonstrate the DC100′s worthiness.

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During the Geneva Auto Show, the UK marque made public some pix of the DC100 negotiating snow and ice in fine style, leaving little doubt as to the model’s capabilities at any rate.

Until we actually get to test-drive the thing, we remain cautiously optimistic—especially if Land Rover promises to sell them in North America.

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Meanwhile, the smart money says buy up all the “classic” Defenders you can get your gloves on…