Meet The Range Rover Velar the first new RR model in 10 years:
Jaguar Land Rover just announced a fourth edition to the Range Rover family. The latest edition called the ‘Range Rover Velar’ will be at the 87th International Motor Show, Palexpo, 9rd to 19th March 2017.
So, why a 4th Range Rover and where does it fit in the Range Rover family? JLR claim that the Velar fills a gap in the market, it’s the Evoque’s big brother, the Range Rover Sport’s little brother.
Not much has been revealed about the Range Rover Velar so far, however we do have a couple of images that give away some small details. The first striking feature would be the panoramic glass roof which gives us a sneaky peak inside the vehicle.
Looking closely through the full glass roof we can see the largest touchscreen in any Land Rover model, which will no doubt be linked to the Shell cashless motoring app.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer said: “We call the Velar the avant garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand.
“The Range Rover Velar changes everything,” he added.
No information has been revealed about engines, however its suspected to be based on the Jaguar F-Pace’s ‘IQ’ platform, meaning it will feature a longitudinal engine configuration rather than the transverse of the Evoque range. This could mean we will see bigger engines like V6s and maybe even V8s if demand is there for an SVR version.
The latest RR got its name from the early range rover prototypes in 1960 which were dubbed Velar, to denote the camouflage they wore. The name which is derived from the Latin velaris, means to veil or cover. An apt name since little is known about the vehicle right now, all that will change on March the 1st when the full world debut is planned for an event in London on 1 March 2017.