Mahwah, New Jersey -- Land Rover claims its new 4x4 Defenders, launched this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, use cutting-edge sustainable materials, some taken from luxury yachts, private jets and even spacecraft.
The company says the cabins of both new models, the DC100 and its Sport version, are finished with materials possessing rugged and durable qualities, and chosen for their sustainability in composition and manufacture.
The manufacturer claims, for example, that the seat foam is derived from castor oil, while semi-structural panels and sound insulating boards are made from flax and natural polymers.
The DC100 uses "the latest generation of performance materials" with the beam running the width of the cabin, door panels and seat bolsters trimmed in Ultrafabrics, a technical cloth found on designer furniture and super yachts. Ultrafabrics is not only antimicrobial, water-repellent, breathable and resistant to solar ageing, it is also PVC-free, low in volatile organic compounds and lightweight, says Jaguar Land Rover North America llc.
Complementing this is SuperFabric, "an almost indestructible textile," normally found in protective clothing for extreme environments - including spacesuits. The DC100 uses it on the seat cushions and to line the footwells and rear load space.