Is Land Rover debuting a new coupe-like SUV to compete the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe? It looks like it!
A coupe vehicle has been spotted that closely resembles Land Rover’s Range Rover. Some people have been referring to it as a Grand Range Rover Evoque or a Range Rover Sport Coupe. This means Land Rover is adding another coupe to its lineup. They already have the Range Rover Evoque Coupe.
The original Range Rover began in the 1960s with 26 pre-production models that were given Velar badges to hide their identity. Velar is derived from the Italian word ‘velare’ that means to ‘veil’ or ‘cover’. Velar is also made of letters from the ‘Land Rover’ badge that is shown on the front and rear of each vehicle. It has been rumored that Land Rover’s new coupe-like SUV will get the Velar name.
The design of the Land Rover coupe-like SUV is similar to the Range Rover Evoque, but a little larger. It also shares some resemblance to the Range Rover Sport, specifically the sloped roof, but in the coupe-like SUV the roof sits much lower. This would get rid of the 3rd row seat that is an option for the standard Range Rover Sport. It is expected to have a similar aluminum body to the Jaguar F-PACE.
Keeping with Land Rover’s current set up, the coupe-like SUV should have an option to choose a 4 or 6 cylinder engine. The 6 cylinder engine will most likely be standard on the vehicle in the United States.
Land Rover has not yet announced this vehicle, but it is expected to debut sometime this year (possibly at the Geneva auto show in March) and start being sold as a 2018 model.
Only time will tell, hopefully sooner than later.