New Range Rover Velar Slots Between The Evoque And Sport, Rivals Porsche Macan

The fourth member of the continuously expanding Range Rover family is the Velar that has been partially revealed before it celebrates its debut in full at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Named after the first Range Rover prototypes of the 1960s, the Velar occupies the space between the existing, entry-level (starts from around $41k) Range Rover Evoque and the larger (priced from $65k) Range Rover Sport in the brand’s lineup.

While no prices have been released yet, if Land Rover splits the difference at around $50k, then it could compete against the Porsche Macan and possibly even both the BMW X4 and X6.

The single teaser image shows a bird’s eye view of the rear, revealing a panoramic glass roof that takes up more than three-quarters of the top, horizontal, instead Range Rover’s usual vertical tail lamps, plus a faraway peep at the widescreen infotainment system.

Naturally, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, has plenty of superlatives for the new model: “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.”

While nothing else was revealed about the Velar, it’s not much of a secret that it’s closely related to the Jaguar F-Pace sharing the same aluminum-intensive IQ platform developed with more emphasis on performance rather than off-road capabilities.

It is understood that the Velar will offer a mix of four-cylinder and V6 engines found in the smaller Evoque and the larger Sport, with a high-performance V8 and a frugal plug-in hybrid also likely.

Land Rover said it will tell us more about the Velar on March 1.

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  • That Ross Chap

    Whilst I can’t quite understand why it exists, the rear view of it is rather gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the rest of it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    What is the point of this?

    • Kaisuke971

      Competing with the Macan, the X4 and the GLC ?

    • Nordschleife

      You know the point of it. Now what’s the point of the entire segment…well you probably know the point of those as well.

    • TheHake

      The Evoque is terribly small and the Sport is huge. There’s definitely room for something in between.

      • nastinupe

        The Sport is not really huge. You can barley fit back there comfortably.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      there is a huge gap between evoque and RRS.They are looking for to fulfill it by that midsize velar crossover/suv.
      But then it is going to be in same segment with Jag F pace. i am not pretty sure..

    • Six Thousand Times

      There doesn’t have to be one. It’s another SUV. They’ll sell ’em.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Damn right.

  • Harry_Wild

    I looking forward to ordering it after the Geneva Auto Show! I probably have to get the HSE model with almost no options! My budget is $65 for everything including sales tax! Hoping the base price is $50K. The roof color option is $1,800 so that reasonably priced.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      wish you best luck!

  • Six_Tymes

    smart, love the rear.

  • Nordschleife

    Looks sexier than the current coupè like crossovers but per the regular ones I’ll still give it to the F-Pace. It may change once it’s officially revealed but more than likely not.

  • An Existing Person

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of it based off of that elegant rear view.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      anyway, it looks better than existing range rover’s rear views.

  • Benjamin B.

    I understand the point of Land Rover in Europe. It is the most cable vehicle on sale there. But in North America, I’d rather have a loaded Ford F-150. Let me see, 2 more gears and .5L larger optional EcoBoost engine (unless you’re talking about the 5.0L Supercharged). New 2018 is available with same optional 3L turbo diesel. If you want a supercharged V8, you can always get a Ford Performance supercharger for the optional Coyote 5.0L.

    • Kaisuke971

      That’s good and all but you’re just completely ignoring the whole luxurious interior thing, you know, the actual point of the Range Rover….

    • Silimarina

      With Range Rover you could be a farmer and in the weekend you could put a tuxedo on and go to the opera and you will not look out of place

    • DMJ

      Are you trying to say that a F150 is more capable offroad than a Range Rover (Evoque excluded)??

  • Howstar

    Looks more like the GTA 5 ‘Gallivantor’ than a regular RR or RRS

  • john1168

    It looks great so far. I take it the roof opens up but how. That’s a giant piece of glass to move rearward….

  • Carenthusiast

    I don’t see any door handles…May be it has deployable door handles. Interior is going to be a revolution I believe.

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe it’s like the F-Type. I tried to find them as well.

    • DMJ

      You can see part of the interior through the glass roof, I dont see any revolution.

      • Carenthusiast

        There’s a leaked image of the interior showing a secondary display possibly below the main infotainment screen.

        • DMJ

          I’ve seen that, but I dont find it very revolutionary…

  • pSynrg

    Calling this and its ilk coupe’s is just taking the piss

  • nauticalone

    Looks very nice! Maybe replacement for my XC60? Will see…

    • Nordschleife

      But the new XC60 is supposed to be unveiled in Geneva. It’s an SUV face off lol.

      • nauticalone

        Yeah, I know. Choices eh….

  • U8INIT

    I hope this is the more masculine version of the Evoque…and don’t flame me for this comment but I want RR to make a cross counrty/allroad/all-terrain type of vehicle….

  • Rick Alexander

    Wait a sec. I thought the Land Rover Discovery was supposed to slot between the Evoque and the Sport. What gives?

    • Nordschleife

      No the Discovery is considered the lesser of the brands as far as prestige is concerned. Logically you are correct. Emotional car brand speak there is no filler between the Evoque and the Sport.

  • TrevP

    Nice car to fill the gap between tiny and big

  • SteersUright

    Stupid name. Hope it truly rivals or beats the Macan, which seems to currently remain unchallenged for the most part.

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