Range Rover Velar Incorporates Features Of the Future Jaguar I-Pace; Electric Cars Clash

Mar 13, 2017 09:03 PM EDT | Lasitha


Often automakers from multiple brands use the same components across vehicles. This is a simple way to cut costs and also rely on components that have proven their worth. However, it does happen that the components of a new vehicle might be the components of a future model even before it went into production. This is exactly what happened with the recently unveiled Land Rover Range Rover Velar crossover and the upcoming, all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.

The I-Pace was previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will go into production in 2018 and it will be Jaguar's first all-electric car.

The Velar is a new crossover and shares the Range Rover name. The name is a reference to the codename for prototypes of the first-generation Range Rover from about five decades ago, reported Green Car Reports.

The concept revealed for the Jaguar I-Pace had a similar dashboard design to the production Range Rover Velar unveiled last week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. To elaborate, both vehicles feature three digital displays. This also includes a screen directly in front of the driver, another on top of the center stack, and another below that screen. How can they be so similar?

That third screen is flanked by large knobs that include displays of climate-control settings in both dashboard designs. This is similar for both the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-Pace reported Express.

On another forum, it was reported that the heavy digital displays of the Jaguar I-Pace were to make it competitive for the Tesla Model X. Another similarity spotted between Tesla and Range Rover Velar is the self-presenting door handles.

However, it does seem that many of the cars that are still to hit production do have the components of cars that are already on sales in the market. It can be said that a model about to go on sale could incorporate some features from one that won't appear until much later.

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