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Range Rover Velar Fleshes Out Luxury SUV Lineup

Posted in News on February 21, 2017
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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) officially announced an all-new model today, the Range Rover Velar. Slated for a full debut on March 1, the Velar will slot in between the smallish Evoque and the midsize Sport, filling a white space in Land Rover’s lineup.

“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” said Land Rover Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern. “It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity, and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

Christened in homage to the first Range Rover’s developmental codename, details on the Velar are slim, save a few illustrations that suggest the vehicle’s size. Obviously larger than the stylish, but somewhat cramped, Evoque, the Velar is still smaller than the Range Rover Sport, a midsizer that’s available with seating for seven. Based on its stablemates’ market positions, we presume the Velar will be a two- or four-door, five-seat sport-ute sized like the Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and BMW X3.

JLR says the Velar will use unique, sustainable materials and advanced engineering, and McGovern’s comments lead us to believe the Velar may become a bestseller for the brand. Range Rover–traditional styling cues include the floating roof and sloped D-pillar, although it eschews its big brothers’ boxy taillights in favor of slimmer, more stylish units. Unfortunately, Land Rover only released a single photo of the vehicle, taken from the rear. Nevertheless, we expect the Velar to be as attractive and modern as the Evoque, with a dash more practicality.

What powertrain comes under its shapely bodywork is a mystery, but the smart money is on the engines and transmissions available in the aforementioned F-Pace. Expect JLR’s Ingenium family of engines, with 2.0 turbocharged gas (247 hp) and diesel (180 hp) I-4s standard in lower trim levels.

Higher-spec Range Rover Velar SUVs will likely feature the company’s 340hp supercharged 3.0L gas V-6, shared with the F-Pace, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and other JLR products. We’re not holding our breath for a super-sporty SVR variant, but we won’t complain if Land Rover sees fit to option the Velar with a fire spitting, 550hp 5.0L supercharged V-8.

We’ll know more about the Velar when it is officially unveiled March 1, and we’ll get a look at it in person at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in April.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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