This is the Range Rover Velar, the latest chapter of the iconic brand. Sitting between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Velar plugs that gap in the form of a sporting luxury SUV.
Clean minimalist design is the at the core of this new car and details such as retracting door handles and rather unique chamfered edges to the profile further enforce this. A long bonnet and glass house that sits at the very back of its profile creates an elegant looking machine. This apparent grace also has a scientific warrant as it is the most aerodynamic model Land Rover has ever created.
The interior of the new Range Rover Velar, as well as containing luxurious materials and fine upholstery, is also clutter free. Much of the cabins functionality comes via a new intuitive 10 inch display that sits below another tilting unit housing the infotainment system. It is graphically impressive with its illustrations that change dependant upon what actions you are taking.
The Velar wouldn’t be a Range Rover without the famed off roading capabilities. Available only as an all wheel drive model, Terrain Response 2 intelligently navigates the very worst Mother Nature can throw at it. A wading depth of 650mm has been stated. Whilst impressive off road, the Range Rover Velar is said to be great on road too, boasting the usual Range Rover refinement with handling boosted by a lightweight aluminium architecture.
All 6 engines being offered will be connected to the well proven 8 speed automatic transmission. Entry level cars get a 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel engine starting at 178 BHP or 237 BHP. Mid-range cars are again 2.0 litre but petrol powered. A V6 diesel touts 296 BHP, but the king of the hill will be a supercharged V6 petrol producing 375 BHP. The range topper will get Velar from 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds.
Taking on the likes of the Porsche Macan, the Range Rover Velar goes on sale this summer starting from £44,830.