Slotting in between the Evoque and Sport in Range Rover's model line-up, the striking coupe-esque Velar will use the same IQ lightweight aluminium platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and rival the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe with prices in the UK rumoured to start at around £40 000 (R644 612).
Named after the original 1969 Range Rover prototype and derived from the Latin world velaris meaning veil or cover, the Velar will debut with the same Ford-based 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine currently used in the Sport, but later with Jaguar-Land Rover's in-house developed four-and six-cylinder Ingenium turbo-petrol and turbodiesel engines. A V8 and performance SVR could also possibly be added later.
More details are expected to emerge when the Velar premiers at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
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