Velar. That's the name of Land Rover's long-rumored coupe-SUV, which will slot between the Evoque and Sport in the Range Rover lineup. Right now, all we can see is a rear view, showing a decidedly sleek rear end. But we won't have to wait long to see more – Land Rover will release all the official details on March 1, and we'll see the new Velar in person at the Geneva Motor Show the following week, followed by its U.S. debut at the New York show in April.
"We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand," Land Rover's chief design officer, Gerry McGovern, said in a press release. As for the name, Land Rover says Velar “dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes” from the 1960s. “When development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rover vehicles, they chose the name Velar, derived from the Latin ‘velare’ meaning to veil or cover.”
The image above shows exactly how the Velar compares to the Range Rover Evoque and Sport, slotting nicely between the two. (Rumor has it the Velar shares its platform with the Jaguar F-Pace crossover.) We don't have any other details as far as powertrain or equipment goes, but we expect Land Rover's family of Ingenium engines to be onboard, in turbocharged four- and supercharged six-cylinder variants.
While we wait for more photos to be released, note that the Velar looks an awful like what we previewed in our rendering back in January. Actually, it looks a bit better. We can't wait to see it live in Switzerland next month.
More details can be found in Land Rover's official press blast, below.
Source: Land Rover
Gallery: 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
INTRODUCING THE RANGE ROVER VELAR
– New addition to the Range Rover family, filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport
– ‘Velar’ name derived from the original Range Rover prototypes of 1969
– World premiere on March 1, 2017; US debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show
(MAHWAH, N.J.) – February 21, 2017 – In 1970 Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, to be unveiled on March 1, 2017.
Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and all-new consumer technologies are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar.
Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, 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.”
Refined for every occasion and for various terrains, the Range Rover Velar uses unique sustainable materials and advanced engineering to continue Land Rover’s drive to go Above and Beyond.
The origin of the Velar name (pronounced vel-ar) dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the Sixties: the pioneers of the luxury SUV landscape.
When development engineers needed to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rover vehicles, they chose the name Velar, derived from the Latin ‘velare’ meaning to veil or cover.
Full details of the Range Rover Velar will be announced on March 1, 2017.