The new addition to the Range Rover family will be the Velar, in a hope to fill the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Here's everything you need to know about the new Range Rover Velar.
A mid-sized luxury SUV with a lot to offer
The Range Rover Velar will be the fourth member of the Range Rover family. A mid-sized luxury SUV that has undergone quite a bit of refinement as Jaguar Land Rover hope to fill the so called 'white space' between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said:
“The new Range Rover Velar is a stunning addition to the Range Rover family, it enhances a model line-up that originally defined the luxury SUV segment and continues to do so. Velar brings increased choice to new and existing customers in a growing SUV market. It leads the way in terms of design, usable technology, new materials and of course Land Rover’s legendary go anywhere, do anything capability.
“The whole team is enormously excited about bringing the new Range Rover Velar to customers across the UK.”
Land Rover say that the Velar offers levels of luxury and refinement whilst not compromising all-terrain capability and staying true to the Jaguar Land Rover design language and brand. Under the watchful eye of Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design department aimed to strip down the Land Rover product and bring a new level of elegance to the family. Door handles sink back into the doors, whilst the headlights have gone super-narrow to accentuate the use of LED slits.
"We wanted to elevate Range Rover's design DNA to a new level," says Massimo Frascella, Land Rover's exterior creative director. "We were looking for a new level of simplicity, with the flush door handles and slim LED lights. This will do so much for Range Rover."
New Range Rover Velar LED Headlights
New Range Rover Velar Sinking Door Handles
Range Rover Velar: Advance technology & safety
The Velar is sculptured with an aluminium-intensive body, making it relatively light. Land Rover has combined with this a double-wishbone front and integral link rear suspension, providing a smooth ride with agile handling.
As a family car it's only right that Land Rover put an adequate amount of protection in place; a number of advanced driver assistance systems are featured, Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection makes the Velar safe for both passengers, the driver and pedestrians, whilst Adaptive Cruice Control with Queue Assist also features along with an Adaptive Speed Limiter.
A front-facing camera inside the windscreen monitors the road ahead, if the camera detects a potential collision with an object the full braking system is triggered automatically to help avoid any collision. Visual and audible warnings are sent to the driver before the automatic braking system kicks in.
The camera is also used for the Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist systems. This monitors road markings and whether the driver is using indicators to prevent the car from drifting out of lane. The Lane Departure Warning system sends warnings to the driver through the steering wheel whilst the Lane Keep Assist applies a small amount of counter steer to help keep the Velar in lane.
Another system also monitors steering input, throttle and brake application and the lane departure warning systems. This is called Driver Condition Monitoring, and is used to determine whether the driver is drowsy and will alert the driver to take a break.
Traffic Sign Recognition also makes use of the camera to read speed limit signs, the limits are then displayed on the instrument cluster and the heads-up display. The Traffic Sign Recognition System is also capable of adapting temporary speed limits in roadworks as well as applying lower speed limits in some countries during harsh weather conditions.
360° Parking Aid and Reverse Traffic Detection make life easier for the driver when on roads of parking. Reverse Traffic Detection alerts the driver via orange warning lights on the door mirrors when vehicles approach either side of the vehicle when reversing, avoiding getting too close to vehicles when parking. The 360° Parking Aid allows for the driver to manouvre the vehicle into tight spaces. Several cameras are located around the Velar and are automatically triggered when reverse is selected.
New Range Rover Velar - Front View
Range Rover Velar: Design Features
The Velar has taken clear inspiration from the brand's design language. Whilst it stays true to the Range Rover family, the Velar has also brought new features and innovation to the range.
The Range Rover Velar sits on 22" alloy wheels which come in a range of different designs, giving the Velar more of a dramatic and embossed presence on the road. A floating roof also accentuates the luxury design along with the clamshell bonnet that nods back to the design language throughout the Range Rover range.
In terms of the wheelbase, the Velar sits firmly between the Evoque: 2,660mm and the Range Rover Sport: 29,923mm at 2,874mm. This create more storage space and further increases space in the cabin.
A range of 13 exterior colours will be available on the Range Rover Velar, these are; Fuji White, Narvik Black, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Corris Grey, Santorini Black, Kaikoura Stone, Byron Blue, Firenze Red, Aruba, Silicon Silver and Carpathian Grey. Further exterior styling options will be available throughout the range, R-Dynamic models deceive a deeper front bumper with enlarges apertures to increase cooling.
The entry-level edition of the car will be called 'Standard', this gets 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, keyless entry, heated windscreen and LED Lights. The next edition is the S, this gets 19-inch alloy wheels and the gesture-control boot, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.
The SE model gets 20-inch wheels with the addition of Matrix LED lights with high beam assist, 360-degree parking aid, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the 825W Meridian sound system. At the top of the range is the HSE, this gets 21-inch alloys, Windsor leather seats with massage and climate control for front passengers, satin chrome trim, power-adjustable steering column and adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist.
The R-Dynamic adds further details such as; satin grey-alloy wheels, metal pedals and a re-sculptured front bumper to add a more sporty look. There's also a First Edition, this adds more than the range-topping HSE sped; 1,600W sound system and 22-inch alloy wheels, although this will only be available with the V6 petrol engine.
New Range Rover Velar - Rear View
Range Rover Velar: Interior
New technologies are the main focus in the Range Rover Velar, a dual-screen setup takes centre stage in the Velar's interior. The same 12.3-inch TFT virtual cockpit display on the Range Rover Sport is featured, the middle panel will show navigation data, music and phone details whereas the display below it will control elements of the car such as heated seats, transmission settings, suspension and the heater.
An Intel quad core processor, high-speed 60GB solid-state drive and ultra-fast Ethernet network power the screens and technology within the car so screens and functions will be very responsive and give ease of use to customers.
In the boot, there is 632-litres of storage space, and this is increased to 1,731 with the rear seats lowered. Gesture control is also available, so customers will be able to open the boot by waving their foot below the rear bumper.
New Range Rover Velar - Cabin Interior
New Range Rover Velar - Infotainment System
Range Rover Velar: Engines
A wide line-up of engines are on offer in the Range Rover Velar, the most basic - which is only available in the lowest two trim levels - is a four-cylinder diesel, producing 17bhp, making 0-60mph in just 8.4 seconds. CO2 emissions on this setup sit at 142g/km. The same engine is also offered in an Ingenium variant, this is pushed further throughout the range on higher spec vehicles, this produces 237bhp with CO2 emissions of 154g/km.
A brutal V6 diesel engine is also on the cards, this produces 296bhp, sprinting from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, but with power comes great responsibility; resulting in a jump of 167g/km of CO2.
A generous range of petrol engines are on offer, starting with a four-cylinder Ingenium engine which produces 247bhp with CO2 emissions of 173g/km. A revised version will also be available some time after launch, this will produce 296bhp.
Jaguar Land Rover's supercharged 3.0-litre V6 will also be available from launch, this produces 375bhp but emits a whopping 214g/km CO2.
Range Rover Velar: Prices
The Range Rover Velar is set to fill a gap in both design and pricing. Set to sit between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport in the range in terms of sizing, it will sit there in terms of pricing too. The four-cylinder edition is expected to cost from £44,800, somewhat £15,000 more than the standard Evoque.
In the Range Rover pricing structure the Velar will be around £15,000 cheaper than the standard Range Rover Sport. The Velar will be available from next July, but if you're looking at jumping up the trim levels and aiming to get a bit more performance you will be looking within the region of £50,000 +.
New Range Rover Velar: Everything You Need To Know
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