This is the 2018 Range Rover Velar

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Land Rover has given us our first official image – albeit a teaser, and from a strange angle – of the Range Rover Velar. It'll join the lineup as the fourth model in the Range Rover subbrand, alongside the Evoque, Range Rover Sport, and the full-size Range Rover.

We've seen this SUV in spy shots before. Earlier this month we got a good look a camouflaged prototype near the factory. Everything we've heard so far is that the Velar will be positioned between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and share a platform with the Jaguar F-Pace. The roofline isn't as aggressive as some "coupe-ish" SUVs, adopting more of a 4:5 scale Range Rover Sport feel.

If you're wondering about the name, it dates back to the 1969 prototype for the vehicle that would become the original Range Rover – an SUV that seriously altered the public's perception of the refinement and comfort that a rugged 4x4 could provide. As for the name, it's a form of the Latin word "velare", meaning covered. Appropriate at the time, but less so the more we see of it, wouldn't you say?

The Range Rover Velar will be fully unveiled on March 1st, just ahead of the Geneva Auto Show – smart money is on it making an appearance there, too.

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