|2.0-liter Gas||$49,900||Top Speed:||Electronically Limited 155 mph|
|2.0-liter Diesel||$56,200||Horsepower and Acceleration:|
|3.0-liter Supercharged V6||$64,200||2.0-liter Gas 247hp, 0-60 mph 6.4 Seconds|
|Velar First Edition||$89,300||2.0-liter Diesel 180hp, 0-60 mph 8.4 Seconds|
|Fuel Consumption:||TBD||3.0-liter Supercharged V6 380hp, 0-60 mph 5.3 Seconds|
|Seating Capacity:||5||Dimensions:||189'L x 75'W x 66'H|
The 2018 Range Rover Velar is the fourth member of the Range Rover family, and is an instantly recognizable descendant of the original luxury SUV. Velar’s form, stance and proportions stands out as the new breed of SUVs. It has been 48 years since the first Range Rover – the Velar prototype – broke cover. The go-anywhere DNA has always stayed the same. The Velar is larger than the Evoque, but smaller than the Range Rover Sport, with a 113.15-inch wheelbase.
Powertrains and Technology
There are three engine variations available with Velar:
Enabled by the latest interpretation of Land Rover all-wheel drive and a deep understanding of the design and engineering pre-requisites required for the secure and comfortable commands of all terrains. With a suite of world-class traction systems, including Terrain Response 2 and All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), and delivering power that’s almost instantly transmitted via state-of-the-art, mechanical and electronic systems, Velar offers class-leading composure and control.
Adaptive Dynamics is standard across the Velar range, adjusting the dampers at all four corners based on real-time wheel and body movement. Optional Configurable Dynamics, which allows the driver to choose between drive modes that adjust throttle response, gear shift timing, suspension stiffness, and power steering weight. You can also individually customize all of these components.
Based on the aluminum-intensive body frame, also shared by Velar’s sibling from another mother, Jaguar's F-Pace. The 2018 Range Rover Velar is a lower, longer vehicle than its bigger and smaller Range Rover sisters, with a lower roof height and longer wheelbase relative to length.
Torque Vectoring by Braking, which can lightly brake the inner wheels on a turn to avoid understeer. Cameras at the top part of the windshield are utilized for autonomous emergency braking as well as lane-departure warnings and lane-keep assistance. Rear Radar Sensors used for Reverse Traffic Detection to warn the driver for any passing vehicles while backing up, and there’s traffic sign recognition to spot speed limits and flag those up on the dashboard.
Electronics and LEDs
The key feature of the Velar’s dashboard is new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two, 10-inch, high-definition touchscreens. A rake-adjustable upper touchscreen with a second screen combined in the main console between the seats, which retreats to a solid, opaque darkness until required. Between the two screens, which are linked together, allowing occupants to move content between screens with a flick of a finger, nearly every non-dynamic feature can be controlled. On SE models and above, there’s a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with four visual themes, including a full-screen 3D navigation display. The screens only come alive by driver or passenger interaction, revealing itself responsive to the familiar commands customers already use with their smartphones and tables such as touch, swipe, and scroll. The whole screen can be tilted up to 30-degrees, automatically adjusting itself when the Velar is started.
The Touch Pro Duo system is powered by an Intel quad core processor with SSD storage, with an LTE connection always on, live information and WiFi hotspot can serve up to eight devices. Range Rover’s system supports real-time traffic and the ability to share your ETA with a contact; there’s also the option to have the Velar learn your commute, and then flag up potential delays and alternative routes like in Google’s Waze app. From the mobile app it’s possible to remotely program the navigation, lock and unlock the SUV, check fuel levels, start the engine or AC system, and locate the vehicle.
Two USB ports and a 12V power outlet are standard; customers have the option to have two more USB ports and additional 12V power outlet. A Rear Seat Entertainment Package with two 8-inch HD touchscreens, two remotes, two sets of wireless headphones, twin USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI inputs are also available.
The bold, upright front graphic, slender full-LED lights and the pronounced air inlets set the tone for Velar’s new design. Velar is available with high-tech Matrix-Laser LED headlights that are capable of extending the range of full beam to 1,800 feet (550 meters).
The front seats offer up to 20-way adjustment and can be upgraded with heating, cooling, and massage options. As for the rear seats, there’s a 40/20/40 split bench, which can also be upgraded with heating and electric recline. Four-zone climate control and cabin air ionization are options; six airbags are standard.
The premium textile interior is offered alongside a more familiar premium leather finish. Developed with Danish technical fabric specialists, Kvadrat, the unique premium textile seats combine a highly durable wool-blend fabric with a technical suede cloth made from recycled materials. Like the burnished copper-colored detailing, the premium textile option is a world first on a volume production model.
The Velar’s price starts from $49,900 for the entry-level 2.0-liter gas model, or from $56,200 for the diesel. The Velar S, with the 3.0-liter V6, will be priced from $64,200, while the fully-loaded Velar First Edition will be $89,300. The Velar expected to go on sale in the US in the second half of the 2017.
by Greg Mc Kenzie