Range Rover Velar Set To Join Land Rover's SUV Lineup: The Macan Effect?

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British carmaker Land Rover is set to launch a brand new coupe-SUV called the Range Rover Velar at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

The Velar nametag comes from the name used in the late 1960s by Land Rover for secret Range Rover prototypes. The name Velar means 'cover' or 'veil' in Italian, which was perfect for the secretive cars that used the codename.

The new Range Rover Velar SUV will sit between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's lineup and is expected to sport one of the most radical designs ever seen on a vehicle bearing the Land Rover badge.

The Velar will be built at Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) production facility in Solihull, England alongside the Range Rover Sport and the Jaguar F-Pace. The Velar will also share the same Jaguar IQ platform that underpins the F-Pace.

Speaking of the F-Pace, the new Velar is also expected to share the Ingenium series four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines currently deployed in JLR vehicles.

The current V6 engines will also be used but are expected to be replaced in a few years by the new in-house Ingenium in-line six cylinder engine.

A range-topping SVR badged V8 powered Velar could also happen as the F-Pace is also expected to get the same treatment soon.

All the engines in the lineup will send their power and torque to all four wheels.

The Range Rover Velar will take on the likes of the Porsche Macan, BMW X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe when it hits the streets and it could very well be the vehicle that could slow down the Porsche's sales success story.

*Please Note: All Images Used in the Article above are of the Range Rover Sport.

Story first published: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 19:18 [IST]
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