Range Rover, the luxury SUV that’s been carrying growing families since the 1970s now has a new member of its own. The fourth model to join the Range Rover clan brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance. The Velar is a mid-size SUV that slides in between the Range Rover Evoque and the Sport. Some say the Velar is the avant-garde Range Rover, particularly Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern who said “we call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover,” and who would know better than one of the guys who designed it.
At a glance, the stand-out design adds powerful and taut proportions to a stunning silhouette. A light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body enhances performance, agility and efficiency. Designed with purity in mind, the Velar features super-slim Matrix Laser LED headlights, and deployable door handles that are flush with the vehicle once retracted. The 2,874mm wheelbase and intelligently-designed interior deliver a 558-litre luggage compartment and exceptional space for all occupants.
The Velar debuts the state-of-the-art Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens for unrivalled functionality and intuitive operation. One of the Touch Pro Duos functions is its Advanced Tow Assist controller removing the need to counter steer. By the way, Velar can handle a towing capacity of up to 2, 500kg. The All-wheel drive is complimented by Intelligent Driveline Dynamics and active locking rear differential to ensure world-class all-terrain capability and maximum driver engagement on-road. The Velar pioneer’s traction technologies with Terrain Response 2, All-Terrain Progress Control, Low Traction Launch, Hill Descent Control and Gradient Release Control.
Velar features six powertrains ranging from the clean, responsive 132kW 2.0-litre diesel with CO2 emissions from only 142g/km, to the potent 280kW supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. All vehicles come with a full suite of advanced safety systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Reverse Traffic Detection, and Driver Condition Monitoring. An optional waterproof Activity key wristband enables you to enjoy a range of physical outdoor activities without the need to carry a key fob.
The Velar range launches late 2017 and is priced from $70,300.