Velar. It’s an odd name, isn’t it? But believe it or not, it isn’t the result of a few glasses of wine and a Scrabble bag; there is history to it.
When Land Rover developed the original Range Rover back in the 1960s, the firm wanted to conceal its identity, so it derived Velar from the Latin word 'velare', meaning to hide.
History lesson over. So, what is the 21st century Range Rover Velar? Put simply, it’s a rakish five-door SUV that fills the huge £30,000 price gap between the entry-level Evoque and the cheapest Range Rover Sport. It’s also the most road-biased Range Rover yet, even though it’s still incredibly capable on the rough stuff, thanks to standard-fit four-wheel drive and a raft of clever tech.