Rochdale Observer - - MOTORS -

OW - if you find that a Range Rover or Range Rover Sport is just a lit­tle too big for your Land Rover SUV mo­tor­ing needs and an Evoque too small up un­til now you had a prob­lem.

Not any more be­cause those aw­fully nice peo­ple at Land Rover have launched a whole new model… the Ve­lar.

When I say new that is not strictly true as, if like me you are old enough to (just) re­mem­ber the launch of the orig­i­nal Range Rover in 1969, you will know that it did not have that name at very first.

A few pre-pro­duc­tion cars es­caped from the fac­tory wear­ing Ve­lar badges - and if you think early Range Rovers are chang­ing hands for tele­phone num­ber money then don’t ask the price tag for an orig­i­nal Ve­lar - if you can even find one of the hand­ful be­lieved still to be in ex­is­tence.

The name, made up from let­ters Land Rover al­ready had in their parts bin, roughly trans­lates in Latin to mean ‘to hide’ which was wholly ap­pro­pri­ate for those pro­to­types back in the late 60s, try­ing to go un­der the radar dur­ing road trials.

Fast for­ward to 2017 and try­ing to hide is the last thing the new Ve­lar wants to do. Look­ing like a gi­ant has stepped on a stan­dard Range Rover and squashed the roofline down,

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