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2017 Geneva Motor Show: Range Rover Velar images leaked ahead of reveal

By Tony O’Kane, 01 Mar 2017 Events

2018 Range Rover Velar

The covers have been prematurely lifted off Range Rover’s ‘tweener, the Velar.

IMAGES of the Range Rover Velar have leaked onto a Spanish website, revealing a more traditional SUV form than expected.

2018 Range Rover Velar sideThe mid-sized luxury SUV’s official unveiling is slated for tomorrow morning, Australian time. The Velar will plug the gap between the transverse-engined Evoque and the much larger Range Rover Sport. Built atop the same all-alloy chassis as the Jaguar F-Pace – another Jaguar Land Rover product –  the Velar is expected to feature a similar range of engines and transmissions.

Positioned against existing ‘sporty’ SUVs such as the Porsche Macan and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, the Velar’s bodywork appears more conventional with a traditional six-window side glass configuration rather than a fastback roofline.

2018 Range Rover Velar touchscreenRange Rover will be banking on the Velar’s shallow, raked tailgate and bold horizontal tail-lamp graphic to give it more visual aggression than its more sedately styled stablemates. There’s also a pronounced boundary between sheetmetal and glasshouse, with a wide ‘shelf’ running around the perimeter of the turret that serves to emphasise the Velar’s width and impart a bottom-heavy stance.

The leaked images give us our first good look at the interior as well. Traditional Range Rover design traits remain, but it’s the two centre console displays that have our attention. The top screen takes the form of a conventional infotainment panel, while the screen below it appears to be a touchscreen for the climate control system.

2018 Range Rover Velar interiorUnfortunately that’s the grand summary of what we know. Full details of the Velar – as well as official imagery – are announced tomorrow morning.