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Range Rover Velar previewed
Land Rover has released first details of its new Range Rover Velar model.
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2017-08-30: First Drive: Range Rover Velar
2017-03-01: Range Rover lifts veil on Velar

What's a Velar?

It's a word derived from the Latin for 'to veil' or cover, which was originally used by Land Rover in the sixties by some apparently learned engineers, to keep pesky media off the scent of their then new Range Rover prototypes. And now it's to be the name of a brand new model in the line-up, the Range Rover Velar.

Where does that fit in exactly?

Neatly between the Range Rover Evoque Coupe and five-door and their rather bigger brothers, the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover proper. No word on the Velar's interior layout, as yet, and though it could conceivably adopt the Land Rover Discovery Sport's seven-seat cabin, we suspect Land Rover will instead make it a more luxurious and spacious five-seater, just like the Jaguar F-Pace.

Same engines under the bonnet so?

Presumably, though Land Rover isn't willing to talk about those for another few days yet. Expect a 180hp diesel at the minimum, four-wheel drive as standard, the new twin-turbodiesel with 240hp and maybe even an unhinged SVR version using a supercharged V6. We can but hope.

Ok, when can we see more?

All will be revealed next week (March 1st), prior to the Range Rover Velar's public world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Shane O' Donoghue - 22 Feb 2017

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