2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar


By Ken Chester Jr.,  Motor News Media

In 1970 Land Rover launched the original Range Rover; almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family – the Range Rover Velar. Joining the Range Rover family slotted between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Range Rover Velar offers new levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

Created as a clean sheet design using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the Velar represents the next chapter of the Range Rover success story. The Velar is defined by a visually reductive approach in its design, which evolves the Range Rover DNA and previews the next generation of Range Rover vehicles. The Velar’s coefficient of drag of only 0.32Cd making it the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover vehicle to date.

To be available in base, S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trim levels, power for the Velar will be generated by one of three prime movers: a 2.0L turbo-charged four-cylinder gasoline engine; a 3.0L supercharged V6 gasoline engine and a 2.0L turbo-charged four-cylinder diesel engine. As to be expected, the turbo-diesel is expected to be the model’s fuel efficiency leader, while the supercharged V6 will be the performance leader, with a zero-to-sixty time of 5.3 seconds and an electronicall-limited top speed of 155 mph.

All three engines are matched to a smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. In addition, the Velar features a suite of traction technologies which include Terrain Response® 2, Active Rear Locking Differential and All Terrain Progress Control.

The light, stiff, aluminum-intensive body, together with double-wishbone front- and Integral Link rear suspension provides the perfect basis for agile handling, superior ride comfort and outstanding refinement. In addition to the standard, highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the Velar also offers an available four-corner air suspension. When equipped with air suspension, the Range Rover SUV boasts a ground clearance of 9.9 in. (8.4 in. with coil springs), and wading depth of 25.6 in. (23.6 in. with coil springs)

Inside the passenger cabin, the interior of the Velar reaffirms ideals of elegant simplicity, sophistication and refinement. An unwavering belief in reductionism has been fully employed, with switches being kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm streamlined sanctuary. In order to achieve this elegant simplicity, inside, designers relied on a new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system; the centerpiece of the vehicle’s interior. Touch Pro Duo features two ten-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind hidden-until-lit surfaces. These slim, intuitive displays work in harmony with the cabin architecture while adding an overall sense of modernity congruent with the vehicle’s reductive exterior design approach. All of this is equaled by the vehicle’s practicality: luggage compartment volume is 34.4 cu. ft. behind row two.

Offering greater choice to customers, a sustainable, premium textile seat material is available as an alternative to leather.

Dimensions & specifications

All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Wheelbase: 113.1; overall length: 189.1; width: 80.0; height: 65.6

Engine: 2.0L turbo-charged gasoline four-cylinder – 247 hp at 5500 rpm and 269 lbs-ft of torque at 1200-4500 rpm; 3.0L supercharged gasoline V6 – 380 hp at 6500 rpm and 332 lbs-ft of torque at 3500-5000 rpm; 2.0L turbocharged diesel four-cylinder – 180 hp at 4000 rpm and 317 lbs-ft of torque at 1500 rpm.

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Cargo Capacity: 70.1 cubic feet

Towing Capacity: 5,512 lbs.

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