Land Rover is finally confirming a new Range Rover SUV is on the way. It’s dubbed the Velar – a throwback to the name used for the early Range Rover prototypes of the 1960s.
The sporty SUV is expected to slot between the compact Evoque and the midsize Sport. It’ll compete with the Porsche Macan for starters, then throw in the BMW X4, next-gen Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLA Coupe on top of that.
The new Velar will officially debut at next month’s New York International Auto Show. In terms of design, it will likely just be following in on the an coupe-SUV trend. That fits with the sloping roof and high scrunched rear window in sketches.
One of the most noticeable things in the just released teaser photo is the its roof. The Velar, which means veil in Latin, does anything but veil you from the sky. Instead, there’s a huge gorgeous sunroof seeming to take up the entire topside.
Most of the details are still under wraps. Land Rover says that the model will be elegant and minimalist in terms of design. It also will use what the company calls sustainable materials and advanced engineering.
“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,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer.
The Velar will likely use Jaguar’s D7A all-wheel and rear-wheel drive platform. Note that this is the same platform the Jaguar F-Pace and Jaguar XE use. It will make the Velar the first Range Rover with this platform.
Speculations put one of the Jaguar Land Rover’s four-cylinder engines in the Velar. These engines include a 247-horsepower gasoline engine and a 237-horspower diesel engine. A six-cylinder option also seems likely.
We’ll have more details after its debut in New York.
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