It is rumored to be based on the Jaguar F-Pace, which would place it below the Range Rover Sport and above the compact Range Rover Evoque. This puts it straight against not only Jaguar but competitors like the Porsche Macan and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. Expect the Range Rover to lean more toward luxury than sport, as the F-Pace provides plenty of punch already. Like other offerings from Land Rover, expect the Range Rover Velar to possess a decent amount of off-road prowess.
This isn't our first look at the new model. While we originally thought it would be a BMW X6-like version of the larger Range Rover Sport, the model in these new photos removes much of the plastic camouflage and shows a more traditional roofline. The overall design appears to be a 4:5 scale version of the Range Rover Sport. The wheelbase is slightly shorter, as are the front and rear overhangs. The model also loses the fender-mounted air intakes.
There are a wide range of rumors as to what will power the Velar. If it is based on the F-Pace, look for two supercharged V6 engines and a diesel. We also wouldn't rule out the possibility of a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant. The vehicle in these spy photos was coming from the factory, so it appears like the Velar is nearly ready for its debut. Look for it as soon as Geneva in March.