Land Rover revealed teaser pictures of the new Velar on 22nd February 2017 and promises further information on release dates, pricing and specs at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March 2017.
Introduced to bridge the gap in size between the Range Rover Evoque and the larger Range Rover Sport. Pricing should also slot between the two. The Velar is scheduled to built alongside the Sport and Jaguar’s F-Pace. In Jaguar Land Rovers manufacturing plant in the West Midlands, United Kingdom.
Using the same IQ chassis platform of the Jaguar F-Pace, would suggest that it will be of a similar size. It also suggests longitudinal mounted engines. This gives scope for higher capacity 6 Cylinder engines from the Jaguar Land Rover family. Something that Evoque owners have been crying out for since its launch. But have been left wanting due to the Evoque’s transversely mounted engines limiting this possibility.
Engine options are expected to include the currently available Ingenium 4 cylinder diesels. Plus the newly introduced 4 cylinder Ingenium petrol variants. Which have recently introduced into Jaguar’s saloon range of vehicles and the F-Pace. The Velar will be available initially with the more established 6 cylinder petrol and diesel engines currently available in the Range Rover Sport. But with new Ingenium 6 cylinder engines and electric powertrains currently under development by Jaguar Land Rover. It shouldn’t be long before they are available in the new Velar. A hot version is widely expected to follow to take on the Porsche Macan.
At the end of the day it is a Land Rover. So the Velar will have amazing off road abilities, good ground clearance and of course 4 wheel drive.
Something the Range Rover do very well is art of the vehicle interior. The Velar will continue with this trend with an airy cabin. A choice of high quality leather interiors and classy switch gear. The Velar will come equipped with JLR’s latest incontrol infotainment systems.
So, why Velar? Well the word comes from the latin Velaris or Veil. It was used in the 1960’s for the first Range Rover prototypes. Continuing throughout Land Rover model development as a code for new models under development. Which all in all is a very nice touch.