The swoopy Range Rover Velar has been updated for MY 2023 with significant additions to the model range, including more hybrid options and a noticeable four-cylinder diesel shunning. The big highlight of the Velar is now the new plug-in hybrid variant called ‘P400e’ which offers an all-electric range of up to 59km ̃ with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol working in conjunction with an electric motor. Giddy up.
For Range Rover fans, the new powertrain does deliver some interesting results. Namely, the fuel consumption of the Velar PHEV now drops to a wallet-friendly 2.7 litres per 100km. All this is possible due to its 17.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack which can be charged via a DC charger (upto 80 per cent in just 30 minutes) or through a standard 7kW charger. Aside from being frugal, this SUV is also the fastest iteration of the Velar with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 5.4 seconds thanks to its near 400 bhp power output.
Elsewhere, throughout the range, there is now a 48-volt mild hybrid system being available with the six-cylinder petrol or diesel models. A new special edition model joins the ranks with a gloss black exterior pack and that’s available with the D300 straight-six diesel generating 650m torque, and capable of 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds.
In terms of the equipment on offer, one can spec 22-inch wheels while a sliding panoramic roof and privacy glass have now been added along with the latest Land Rover Pivi Pro infotainment system, Active Road Noise Cancellation and Cabin Air Purification. Prices have risen slightly with the Velar range now starting at 96,600 with first deliveries expected from Q4, 2022.
The Velar has always been positioned as a style-focused option within the Land Rover hierarchy and is positioned above the Evoque but below the Range Rover Sport while now getting some of the latest technology from its flagship Range Rover sibling.
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