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Range Rover Velar: JLR's new model to be built in Solihull

The Velar Image copyright RICHARD PRESCOTT
Image caption The Velar is pitched at plugging the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced its latest Range Rover model will be built exclusively at its West Midlands plant.

The Velar will be made at JLR's Solihull factory, completing a £1.5bn investment at the site.

The fourth Range Rover model sits alongside other launches - the Jaguar F-PACE and the new Land Rover Discovery.

The Velar is expected to go on sale in July in the UK and Europe.

The Velar is the first Range Rover to be designed since the Evoque in 2011 and will sell in the UK at around £45,000. It will also exported more than 170 markets..

'Absolutely committed'

Range Rovers have been built at Solihull for almost 50 years and the Velar is only the latest model to be made there.

So far, only prototypes have been produced of the vehicle but, following testing, the first Velars will roll off production lines this summer.

Image copyright Jaguar Land Rover
Image caption Range Rovers have been built in the West Midlands for almost 50 years

JLR UK managing director, Jeremy Hicks said: "The whole team is enormously excited about bringing the new Range Rover Velar to customers across the UK."

Its selling-points include a touch-screen entertainment system and interiors made from recycled material.

Image copyright Jaguar Land Rover
Image caption The company says the vehicle completes a £1.5bn investment in Solihull

The company said production of all Jaguar Land Rover models at its four UK manufacturing plants supports more than 40,000 British jobs and a further 250,000 in the supply chain.

JLR said: "We are absolutely committed to the UK. We are a British car manufacturer and we contribute £10bn to the economy every year."

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