“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” said Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern of his latest baby. In filling a size and price void between the performance-aggressive Range Rover Sport and the open-top Range Rover Evoque, the British marque compromised by fitting a roof made out of glass on the brand-new Range Rover Velar, Like the Evoque, you’ll get to enjoy the warm sunshine on your face, only now you’re within the comforts of a notoriously reliable and powerful vehicle.
As the fourth member of the Range Rover series since Land Rover launched its luxury SUV sector almost five decades ago, the Velar will have huge shoes to fill, especially because it’s named after the first Range Rover prototype from the ‘60s. Derived from the Latin word “velare” which means “to hide or conceal”, the alias first surfaced when the firm’s development engineers wanted to hide the true identity of the 26 pre-production Range Rovers.
“It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything,” mused McGovern, all of which the Range Rover seems to have delivered from the looks of the massive glass roof. The Velar will likely be heavily compared to the Jaguar F-Pace, which would be exciting news for motorheads who adore the latter’s legendary performance credentials. The turbocharged four-cylinders and supercharged V6s from Land Rover is expected to be borrowed for this one too, together with upgraded interior tech to keep the Range Rover looking sharp amidst the saturated SUV market.