Range Rover Velar officially revealedThe brand's most road-biased model yet
The all-new Range Rover Velar, the fourth member of an expanded Range Rover family, is described by its chief designer as the most “car-like” model the off-road brand has produced.
Revealed at a special event in London ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show, the Velar is underpinned by the same technology as the similarly sized Jaguar F-Pace. It will slot between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in Land Rover’s range.
Pricing for the Velar
The Velar will be priced from £44,830 and go on sale this summer. Land Rover’s new Porsche Macan rival is called “the most car-like Range Rover we’ve done so far, but just as capable” by Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern. “It’s a new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer,” he added.
Since releasing a so-called teaser image one week ago – a picture of the Velar from above with a panoramic sunroof showing some of the dashboard and screen set-up – 40,000 customers have registered interest in the model with 12,000 of those in the UK, according to Land Rover.
The car also ushers in a new, more high-tech Land Rover interior design that is expected to be rolled out across the rest of the range as the next generation of models is introduced.
The Velar shares its 2874mm wheelbase and aluminium architecture with the F-Pace, alongside which it will be built at the Solihull plant of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
Unlike the F-Pace, the Velar is all-wheel drive only and comes with Land Rover’s full suite of off-road technology, including Terrain Response 2. Wade depth is 650mm. The Velar is also a touch longer than the F-Pace, at 4.8m.
While the model is fully capable for off-roading, it has been developed as the most road-biased model yet in the Range Rover line-up. “As a mid-sized SUV, it has less inertia [than larger models in the line-up],” said David Doody, vehicle programme director. “It’s a lot more agile. The intention is that it’s a lot more sporty than a full Range Rover.”
Velar engine specs include range-topping V6 petrol and diesel
Buyers will be able to choose from six engines, each driving through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s a base 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel unit in 178bhp and 237bhp guises. The entry-level petrol engine is a new 2.0-litre Ingenium unit with 247bhp. A more potent 296bhp version of this engine will follow by the end of this year.
The V6 range-toppers are 296bhp diesel and 375bhp petrol engines. The petrol V6 is supercharged — the only non-turbo engine in the range — and will power the Velar from zero to 60mph in 5.3sec.
At the other end of the scale, the entry-level diesel is the most efficient, with CO2 emissions of 142g/km.
McGovern called the Velar’s look a “masterclass in design reduction”. He said: “It’s reduction by design and engineering. If something is on the car, you take it off and it makes no difference, it shouldn’t be there anyway.”
Despite the Velar’s more stripped-back look, McGovern doesn’t consider it to have a new design language but instead regards it as an evolution. “The newest thing will always look the most modern,” he said. “It’s just progression.”
Velar interior includes two 10in touchscreens
The key feature of the Velar’s interior is a new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10in touchscreens, described as “secret till lit”. Between them, these configurable displays reduce switchgear to an absolute minimum, while the lower part of the centre console ahead of the gear and Terrain Response selectors is turned into a screen itself.
The car’s chief engineer, Kevin Stride, said the interior had been designed around these screens. The brief was to get rid of as much switchgear as possible while still making it usable and engaging.
A wide range of trims and colour schemes is offered on the Velar, including a new Premium Textile one, which removes all leather from the cabin in response to a growing number of customers wanting a premium alternative to leather for greater sustainability.
Key to the Velar’s dynamic credentials is a system called Configurable Dynamics, which allows for stiffer suspension, improved throttle response and reduced assistance for the power steering. It’s standard on the First Edition and optional across the rest of the range.