Why you need to get the new Range Rover Velar
Launching in summer 2017, the Range Rover Velar is the British brand’s new crossover mid-sized SUV. Closely related to Jaguar’s F-pace, the two vehicles share the same aluminium-intensive body frame, the Range Rover Velar is longer and features new screen technology.
“We wanted to elevate Range Rover’s design DNA to a new level,” says Massimo Frascella, Land Rover’s exterior Creative Director told the Telegraph. “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.”
The name Velar comes from the Latin for sail or vailed. It was a name used by the original designers of the Range Rover, Spen King and Gordon Bashford, for one of their 26 first prototypes of the original Range Rover.
“We wanted an emphasis on the classic Range Rover proportions,” adds Frascella. “The short front overhangs and long tail give an incredible elegance, moving the emphasis rearward like luxury yachts… There’s nothing quite like it.”
The Velar will be priced between £44,830 and £85,450, which is more than the award winning F-Pace, which sells for £35,000 and £52,000. It’s also higher than the Evoque (£30,000-£48,000), Range Rover’s compact SUV offering, but it’s less than the Range Rover Sport.
While the price sits somewhere between the Jaguar’s first foray into the SUV market and the established Range Rover Sport, the Velar is considered by its makers to set a new design standard. The city-friendly SUV debuts, not only new screen technology, but pioneering upholstery materials and the car adheres to the ‘less is more’ design philosophy with an uncluttered simple look.
Described by Top Gear Magazine, as a ‘digital butler’. The pioneering new screen technology was designed and developed with the help of Panasonic. The centre console uses twin high-definition touchscreens, with rotary controls, that can tilt up and out of the dashboard when the vehicle is in use. Panasonic showcased the new screen and floating rotary controls technology during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The twin floating rotary controls were then known a Magic Knobs – it has now been changed to Magic Rings.
The Velar is offered with four engines:
- 2.0 litre turbocharged I4 (Ingenium D180-D240) diesel
- 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 (D300) diesel
- 2.0 turbocharged I4 (Ingenium P250) petrol
- 2.0 supercharged V6 (P380) petrol
The 2.0 turbocharged I4 (Ingenium P250) petrol engine was developed by Land Rover in Wolverhampton and debuts in the Velar. The performance of this Solihull assembled car includes:
- Top speed of 130mph-155mph
- 0-60mph from 5.3 seconds to8.4seconds
- CO2 emissions from 142g/KM to 214g/KM
The ground-breaking fabric upholstery mentioned above is made from 30 percent wool and 70 percent polyester mix created by high-end furniture fabric supplier Kvadrat. Chief Designer for colour and materials, Amy Frascella, states that the fabric will be as hard wearing as leather and just as easy to clean – especially important if you have kids and dogs. However, if you’re a traditionalist you can still have your Range Rover Velar upholstered in leather.
Due for release in the summer, the Range Rover Velar will be available from our Land Rover showrooms when it launches.