The luxury SUV broke onto the market in 1970, when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Now, almost half a century later, that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family.
The Range Rover Velar is designed to fill the space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport and promises levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability that have never been seen in a mid-size SUV before.
Velar’s design offers powerful proportions with 22-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights (the most slender to appear on a production Land Rover) and flush deployable door handles that not only add to the sculptured form but reduce drag and make the model the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover ever produced.
On the inside, ‘reductionism’ has been watchword, with switches being kept to a minimum, while cutting edge technology is present thanks to the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated behind secret-until-lit surfaces.
Leather upholstery has also been replaced (in all but the First Edition) with a more sustainable, premium textile seat material. The Dapple Grey material was developed with Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles, and is complemented by Suedecloth inserts in ebony or light oyster.
When driving, the light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body of the Velar together with double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear
suspension provides the basis for agile handling, superior ride comfort and outstanding refinement while six airbags and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist (standard on HSE) and an Adaptive Speed Limiter ensure driver safety.
The Velar also features a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, four-corner air suspension, (available on 300PS Diesel and 380PS Petrol engines) class-leading ground clearance of up to 251mm (213mm with coil springs), class-leading wading depth of up to 650mm (600mm with coil springs) and Land Rover’s unmatched suite of traction technologies including Terrain Response 2 (optional) and All Terrain Progress Control (optional). Velar – like all Range Rovers – offers world-class all-terrain capability.
The Velar range comprises six petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.
Clean, refined, four-cylinder Ingenium diesels are offered in 180PS and 240PS variants, noted for their low 142g/km CO2 emissions and high 500Nm torque output respectively.
These engines are joined by the new, highly advanced four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine that delivers 250PS and enables acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds (0-60mph in 6.4 seconds).
The 300PS version of this engine will join the range later in the year.
The V6 diesel combines an extraordinary 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and off-road capability with CO2 emissions of only 167g/km. The 380PS supercharged V6 petrol engine combines exhilarating performance with a unique soundtrack and enables Velar to reach 0-60mph in only 5.3 seconds (100km/h in 5.7 seconds) before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h).
The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core range comprises Standard, S, SE or HSE specifications, while customers can specify Black and Luxury Exterior Packs for a more distinguished appearance.
Of all Velar models, the most exclusive of all will be the First Edition, which be available worldwide but strictly for one model year only. More luxurious than the HSE specification, this model is powered solely by the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines and features a wealth of extra features as standard, including full extended leather interior trim to complement the perforated Windsor leather seats in Nimbus or Ebony, 1600W Meridian Signature Sound System, Matrix-Laser LED headlights and 22-inch Split-Spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish. Exterior paint colours for the First Edition are Corris Grey, Silicon Silver, and Flux Silver – a unique satin finish exclusive to the First Edition for the first model year only – which will be meticulously hand-sprayed at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations’ Oxford Road Technical Centre in the UK.
Range Rover Velar
The Range Rover Velar goes on sale in mid-July in the UK with prices starting at £44,830 (OTR)