It’s been six years since Land Rover expanded the Range Rover line beyond the massive, all-conquering luxury off-roaders that were synonymous with the name, with the introduction of the smaller Evoque. Since then, the baby Rangie has been a runaway success, so the company has sought to repeat it with a new midsize model slotting between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport – the Range Rover Velar.

Deriving its name from the codename of the original Range Rover prototypes, the Velar looks to have grown significantly from the Evoque, judging by the sole exterior photo provided. The tail lights are now broader with twin U-shaped light guides, and are covered by a single transparent cover that wraps around the entire rear end, carrying the Range Rover badge with it.

Meanwhile, the rear protective bumper cover takes after the Evoque with an inverted U-shape, while the neat door handles sit flush with the bodywork. The panoramic roof gives us a peek at the interior, with a Range Rover-derived steering wheel and a large touchscreen – likely the 10.2-inch unit belonging to the top InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.

“We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand,” said design director Gerry McGovern. “The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”

The Velar is set to share the same aluminium-intensive platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and will likely go after the same rivals (BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan), albeit in a more traditional SUV manner rather than the Jaguar’s “practical sports car” approach.

Expect the new model to get the same engines as the F-Pace, too, including new Ingenium 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, a 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel V6 and a 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6. A V8 is likely also in the cards, perhaps in the inevitable hot SVR model. Four-wheel drive is almost certainly standard across the range, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission on all but the base models.

The new Range Rover Velar will be revealed on March 1, ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.