Land Rover is launching the all-new Range Rover later this year, updating the SUV’s design, platform and technology. Next to go under the knife is the Range Rover Velar. The company launched it in 2017, and this model gets a mid-cycle update that was captured by our spy photographer in hot weather testing in Southern Europe.
The SUV only has camouflage covering the front and rear fascia, which doesn’t hide much at first glance. The grille looks unchanged, and Land Rover hides the headlights, which are likely to receive new internals. The front bumper of the Range Rover Velar also looks unchanged, in keeping with the styling of the Velar S with hidden intakes and a smaller lower grille opening.
There’s a little something going on with the back, which is also covered in wrap. However, we could not find any significant changes. Land Rover is likely to update the taillight design and change the bumper to a new shape. There are no photos of the Velar’s interior, but we’re not expecting a major update. Land Rover could provide the model with the latest infotainment technology that could lead to the SUV receiving a new screen that could transform the cabin.
With this being a mid-cycle refresh and slight changes to the design, we don’t expect Land Rover to change the powertrain lineup. Expect the current range of 3.0 and 2.0 liter engines with varying output to return, which will be paired with an eight-speed automatic. Land Rover could revamp the SUV’s powertrain to be more efficient, but we won’t see a substantial performance boost.
This is the first time we’ve seen the Land Rover Range Rover Velar test, so it may be a while before the official reveal. Land Rover already advertises the Range Rover Velar 2023 on its consumer site, so we don’t expect the updated model to arrive until model year 2024. That means it likely won’t debut until early 2023. We’ll be watching for more spy shots and hope we get a glimpse of the interior too.