Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Land Rover teases new model - meet the Range Rover Velar

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a new model as part of its Range Rover range that will sit in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

This image of the Velar from above is our first glimpse of the new model. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand.

Land Rover says the new vehicle has been refined "for every occasion, for every terrain" and that it will be produced using "sustainable materials and advanced engineering".

We will be seeing more of the auto on the 1 of March, before its reveal in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show, prices are estimated to start at around £45,000 when the Range Rover Velar goes on sale later in the year.

Sitting above the entry-level Evoque and below the mid-range Range Rover Sport, the Velar has been created to add "avant-garde luxury" to the SUV lineup.

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern claims the new vehicle will "bring a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand", but if you were anxious that the Velar would lose the core Range Rover talent for the off-road don't fret as Land Rover has made assurances that the Velar will be "refined for every occasion, for every terrain" too.

The name "Velar" comes from the original Range Rover prototypes from 1969. Velar (pronounced vel-ar) derived from the Latin velaris meaning to veil or cover, and was used because the development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the pre-production Range Rovers.

Autocar has previously reported that the five-seater will be closely related to the Jaguar F-Pace, with which it shares Jaguar Land Rover's IQ platform. A plug-in hybrid based on the 295bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is also expected. So in other words, it should essentially be a mini Range Rover Sport rather than an up-sized Evoque: able to cut it off road, while being freakishly good to drive on road.

The I-Pace, which showcases the future of Jaguar Land Rover interiors, uses three display screens. Instrumentation is presented on a configurable 12.0in virtual cluster augmented by a colour head-up display.

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