What fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport? The new Range Rover Velar, that's what. The new addition to the Range Rover family offers levels of luxury and all-terrain capability that is unique to any mid-size SUV and represents the next chapter of the Range Rover success story as Britain’s biggest luxury export.
On the outside
“Velar is now the compelling, stand-out design in the class, showcasing perfectly optimised volume, powerful, taut surfaces and a stunning silhouette," gushes Gerry McGovern, the chief design officer atLand Rover.
The new addition to the Range Rover family offers levels of luxury and all-terrain capability.
Created with Jaguar Land Rover’s lightweight aluminium architecture, the Velar has a continuous waistline and a tapered rear. But it's the large alloy wheels – in particular, the range of 22-inch designs – that optimise the vehicle’s dramatic presence and silhouette. It should get heads turning at intersections.
The Velar’s design is supported by its technology: the full-LED headlights are the most slender ever. The flush deployable door handles emphasise Velar’s sculptured form, and contribute to the low drag coefficient of only 0.32 – the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover ever produced.
On the inside
The generous wheelbase contributes to a sense of elegance and helps provide a spacious interior. The Velar’s interior is elegant simplicity, sophistication and refinement. The creators' belief in reductionism means switches have been kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm sanctuary.
The new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is the centrepiece of Velar’s interior. It features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens behind hidden-until-lit surfaces. These slim, intuitive displays work in harmony with the cabin architecture.
The Velar offers a sustainable, premium textile seat material as an alternative to leather. The dapple grey material was developed together with Kvadrat, a European manufacturer of design textiles, and is complemented with suede cloth inserts in ebony or light oyster. The Valer is also practical: the luggage compartment volume is class-leading at 673 litres.
Under the bonnet
The Velar – like all Range Rovers – comes with all-terrain capability. It boasts a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, four-corner air suspension, a class-leading ground clearance of 251mm (213mm when equipped with coil springs), a class-leading wading depth of 650mm (600mm when equipped with coil springs) and Land Rover’s suite of traction technologies including Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control.
The Velar's performance and efficiency comes from the range of six petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive with intelligent driveline dynamics.
Clean, refined four-cylinder Ingenium diesels are offered in 132kW and 177kW variants, noted for their low 142g/km CO2 emissions and high 500Nm torque output, respectively. These engines are joined by two new highly advanced four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines delivering 184kW and 365Nm, for 0-100km/h acceleration in 6.7 seconds, and a more powerful variant with outputs of 221kW and 400Nm, to achieve the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.0 seconds.
The V6 diesel combines 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and off-road capability with CO2 emissions of only 167g/km. The 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine combines exhilarating performance with a unique soundtrack and enables the Velar to reach 100km/h in only 5.7 seconds, before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
The light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body, together with double-wishbone front and integral link rear suspension provides the basis for agile handling, superior ride comfort and refinement. The Velar has been developed to meet the most demanding crash test regulations worldwide.
The comprehensive restraints system includes six airbags and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with queue assist.
- The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic range comprise Standard, S, SE and HSE specifications.
- Customers can specify black and premium exterior packs for an even more distinguished appearance.
- Customers can build their own Velar using the Land Rover Configurator.
- All new Land Rover vehicles come with the Land Rover five-year care plan: a five-year/100 000km service plan, a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan and a five-year/100 000km warranty, as standard.
- Range Rover Velar pricing starts at R947 700.