1. The Velar is the latest in a long line of Range Rover models. The vehicle was first showcased at the 87th Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
2. The Range Rover Velar gets its name from the early prototype SUVs developed by Land Rover way back in the 1960s.
3. The Velar is closely related to another vehicle from the same family, the F-Pace, which was the first ever SUV from sister company Jaguar. The two vehicles even share the same aluminium-intensive architecture.
4. The swooping roofline, raked back front grille and details such as exterior door handles that retract into the doors to become flush with the bodyline give the Velar a futuristic appearance.
5. In addition to looking fantastic, the aforementioned details also help reduce the drag coefficient of this SUV to just 0.32, making the Range Rover Velar the most aerodynamic vehicle ever to be created by Land Rover.
6. The best part about this new SUV is its space-age interior. The centre console doubles up as a large touchscreen from where occupants can operate the climate control, infotainment system and other functions. The instrument binnacle is in fact a digital display as well.
7. Land Rover has also opted to go in for new materials on the inside of the vehicle. Buyers can choose from options that include woollen fabric with suede inserts for the seat upholstery.
8. Although it has a fancy interior, the Velar also comes with the Terrain Response system, electronically locking differentials and height adjustable air suspension. This means that you can continue driving even when the going gets tough. It can even wade through water more than 2 feet in depth.
9. Land Rover will put the Velar on sale with a selection of petrol and diesel engine options. 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder petrol and diesel engines; 3.0 litre, supercharged V6 motors; and possibly a V8 are expected to form the engine line-up. Regardless of the powerplant, the Velar will come with an 8 speed automatic gearbox.
10. Although it derives its DNA from other vehicles, this SUV has been built from the ground up as an entirely new product. When the Range Rover Velar hits the showrooms, it will be positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in terms of pricing.