New mid sized Land Range Rover Velar is all set for a Geneva Motor Show debut
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Land Rover has shown off a revealing picture of its upcoming Range Rover Velar mid-sized SUV, which will plug the sizable gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the Range Rover range.
Aside from confirming the Velar name, this new image gives us our first clue to what the luxury SUV will look like as well as where Land Rover intends on taking the design of its current model range.
The first and most obvious difference is the horizontal aspect to the taillights – a first for a Range Rover product. While the angle of the shot makes it difficult to get a sense of the profile, expect to see an aggressively rising belt line and dropping roof similar to the Evoque.
Perhaps the biggest departure will be a new interpretation of the classic floating roof, as we can see in the teaser. The D-pillar looks to be partially finished in the same finish as the roof – something which will be far more obvious with a body coloured roof.
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Through the glass roof, we can also see a continued roll out of JLR’s slick InControl Touch Pro system inside what is sure to be the classically plush Range Rover interior.
Drivetrains are yet to be confirmed, although expect a combination of 4, 6 and possibly 8-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options, as well a hybrid and the eventual roll out of JLR’s upcoming straight-six engine range.
Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern claims the new car will “bring a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand”, but if you were worried 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.
We will be seeing more of the car on the 1st of March, before its reveal in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show.