Land Rover has revealed the first image of the new member of the Range Rover model family: the Velar. The new model will be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show and will placed between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport on Land Rover's model range.
The new Range Rover Velar
will be a fighting against the Porsche Macan and BMW X6 and is seen as a more road-biased model than the remaining Range Rover brotherhood members. Named after the first Range Rover concept back in 1969 the new Velar
will introduce an all-new interior design language for the brand.
First glimpse of the Range Rover Velar design
Thanks to the first image revealed by Land Rover
we can spot the first details of the design of the new Range Rover Velar
. First thing we notice is a much smoother silhouette compared to the remaiming Range Rover members. The small rear window indicates the coupé-like design which makes the Velar less boxy than other models in the range.
One of the big features of the new model
will certainly be the panoramic sunroof, which also allows us to take a first look at the new infotainment system, with two screens. The interior seems similar to the one shown at last year's Los Angeles Motor Show in the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV concept
Engine range for the Range Rover Velar
So far there are no information about which engines will be part of the new Range Rover Velar
lineup. We believe that Jaguar Land Rover
’s Ingenium four and six-cylinder engines will be available. A V8 version and SVO can also be a possibility. There have been rumours that the Velar
will also get a plug-in hybrid version. All Range Rover Velars
will be available with four-wheel drive.
Origin of Range Rover Velar's name
There is an historic origin for the Velar name
chosen for the fourth model in the Range Rover family. It goes all the way back to 1969 when the original Range Rover prototypes were built and named Velar. The name was used to hide the identity of the 26 pre-production units of the original Range Rover. Velar derives from the Latin word “velaris” which means to veil or cover.