Since July 2016, our spies have been keeping tabs on the Range Rover Sport coupe. Now, just weeks before the 2017 Geneva International Auto Show, Land Rover recently released dropped the first image of the swoopier version of the Range Rover Sport and has dubbed it the Velar. The 2018 Velar will go against the likes of the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.
In the Range Rover hierarchy, the Velar slots in between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. According to Land Rover, the Velar gets its name from the first Range Rover prototypes from the 1960's.
Land Rover previewed their latest offering by highlighting the roof and rear. The Velar sports a panoramic glass roof with a unique styling detail towards the tailgate. This detail then channels air into the integrated tailgate spoiler. Further differentiating the Velar from the Range Rover Sport is its tail light assembly. These wraparound units cover the width of the car with the Range Rover lettering 'floating' above the license plate holder.
At the moment, the automaker has yet to reveal the front section of the car. Based on the spy shots however, it is likely that it will follow the current design language used by Land Rover. We also see a glimpse of the Velar's interior. Looking at the touchscreen, it is likely that the dashboard was lifted from the Range Rover Sport. Changes made to the cabin will be better seen once the car is fully revealed during the Geneva Motor Show.
On to its engines, the official lineup has yet to be revealed. Do expect the Velar to share some engines from the Range Rover Sport. Range Rover Sport engines start with a 2.0 liter turbodiesel called the SD4. It then moves up to a 3.0 liter Si6 turbo V6 and a 3.0 liter SDV6 turbodiesel. It is yet unknown if the Velar will get a turbodiesel V8 and an SVR model.
Aside from the turbocharged gas and diesel models, it is possible that the Velar may gain hybrid and electric powertrains. At the moment, the Range Rover Sport can be specified with a hybrid powertrain with the SDV6 hybrid diesel. Land Rover is also working on a plug-in hybrid system which our spies caught just a few weeks ago.