Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Range Rover Velar Revealed

Range Rover Velar Revealed

The fourth member of the Range Rover family will be its second smallest, sitting between the Evoque and Sport models in the luxury carmaker's line-up. Prices start from £44,830 and the model is expected to rival the Porsche Macan.

The Velar, coming from the Latin for "veil", has been taken from the designation of the original Range Rover prototypes of 1969, which Land Rover treated as top secret while in development.

Called the Range Rover Velar, the midsize luxury SUV aims to deliver new levels of refinement, elegance and technology to the segment. It comes exclusively with the V6 engine and includes a host of upgrades, such as a leather interior and 1,600-watt sound system.

When the new model lands Down Under before Christmas, it will be available in a mind-numbing 42 versions according to Jaguar Land Rover Australia. It fits between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport as expected, occupying the same spot as its fellow Jaguar Land Rover model, the Jaguar F-Pace.

Completely new customer types will be attracted to the brand the company claims.

Land Rover's chief creative officer Gerry McGovern - who masterminded the production of the Evoque by fashioning the 2007 LRX compact luxury SUV concept that went on to become the final vehicle - hopes to recreate this alchemy and said Land Rover has been "looking at opportunities to stretch the brand and bring more customers". While driving the Range Rover Velar, the bottom part of the screen will control climate, seat, and settings, while the upper part controls navigation, phone, and media.

Back to the inners and the vehicle offers a hefty 632-litres of luggage storage thanks to the 2,874mm wheelbase.

The Range Rover Velar has been designed based on the concept of "reductionism", which means that it is styled to look minimalist while still being loaded to the gill with features. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic. Neither a hybrid or V8 has been listed.

AS THE world's enthusiasm for Range Rover products shows no signs of diminishing, so Land Rover continues to create more variants.

The 380PS supercharged V6 petrol engine gives the Velar a top speed of 155mph. Land Rover claims brisk performance for the top-spec V-6, with a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour. A 2.0-liter diesel is also available, producing 180 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. The Velar has a maximum wading depth of 650mm (600mm for coil spring suspension models).

Opt for air suspension (which is standard on six-cylinder models) and you'll get more than 250mm of ground clearance, while standard cars have 213mm.

There will be choice of 12 exterior colours and nine different wheels ranging from 18- to 22-inches. There are horizontal tail-lights, as with the Evoque, but the Velar's units are slimmer and they stretch across the rear of the vehicle. If so, best find about £85k (try your other pair of jeans) and get in touch with Land Rover rather soon - there's a special "First Edition", powered by V6 engines only and with much leather, 1600W of Meridian stereo and something called "Matrix-Laser" LED headlights as standard.

External styling items such as front air vent flutes typically come in chrome or matte black, but are also available in an unusual "burnished copper" trim.

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