Range Rover's newest model is called the Velar

Positioned between the Evoque and Sport
by Vijay Pattni | Feb 22, 2017

Land Rover has announced an all-new model to add to the Range Rover line-up. It is called the Range Rover Velar, and you will see it in full at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Yep, the fourth Range Rover. The image below denotes its place in the family hierarchy: big brother to the Evoque, and little brother to both the Range Rover Sport and full-fat, Range Rover proper. Apparently, according to Land Rover, there was ‘white space’ between the Evoque and RR Sport, which this new Velar handily fills.

All we’ve got to go on so far are the two images above, but you can clearly see that it follows the mold of something like a BMW X6, and it has a panoramic glass roof which looks quite lovely. Zoom into the first image, and you’ll even spot a nifty touchscreen in the central console.

It’s been built—as all Rovers are—to tackle many different types of terrain (but will likely only see one) using clever bits of tech, and features "sustainable materials." 

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Engines? No idea, but expect Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium range to feature (four- and six-cylinder units with turbos and superchargers), as well as a (hopefully) range-topping, hair-raising V8 version. We can but hope that SVO have had more than a sniff around this new RR Velar.

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Land Rover’s chief design officer, Gerry McGovern, said: "We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamor, modernity and elegance to the brand. "The Range Rover Velar changes everything," he added.

What’s a Velar, you might still be wondering? Well, the new Range Rover takes its name from the original RR prototypes from the '60s. Back then, LR tells us, development engineers needed to shroud the first RR to conceal its identity and keep it a secret, and chose the name because it derives from the Latin ‘velare’ which means ‘veil’, or ‘cover’. 

Thankfully, you’ll see it fully uncovered on March 1. 

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.


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