RANGE ROVER VELAR UNVEILEDPosted On: March 2, 2017 By : AutoLife Team
Over the last decade, the transformation of the Land Rover brand has been truly remarkable. This unprecedented change has been characterised by the introduction of an exciting new range of SUVs, each one showcasing a unique combination of design excellence and engineering integrity. Make no mistake, this transformation will continue and the next chapter in this incredible story starts here with the Range Rover Velar. Derived from the Latin word Velare meaning ‘to cover’ or ‘veil’, Velar is a direct reference to the code name used on the original, pre-production Range Rovers of the late 1960s.
Designed to fill the space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, Velar brings unprecedent glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. It’s 48 years since the first Range Rover – the Velar prototype – broke cover. Since then the design language has changed dramatically, but the go-anywhere DNA has stayed the same.
The Velar brings unprecedent glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. Features like the LED lights and the burnished, copper-coloured detailing are all born from a dee-seated understanding of the power of understatement.
Much is hidden from view, including an aluminium-intensive structure, all-wheel drive with its suite of electronic traction-control systems, air suspension, rear electronic differential and high-tech infotainment.
Flush-fitting features and meticulous attention to detail form the backbone of the new Velar design. Likewise the exterior, expressed in the most deceptively simple and clearest of forms – one of lightness, one of strength – married together by Velar’s strikingly apparent shoulder line. The glasshouse especially takes this essential element of Range Rover iconography to an entirely new level and features for the first time in nearly a half a century.
The Velar is most striking inside, where a 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-coloured detailing, the Premium Textile option is a world first on a volume production model.
Velar debuts the innovative new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two, 10-inch, high-definition touchscreens. The infotainment system combines a rake-adjustable upper touchscreen with a second screen in the main console between the seats, which retreats to a solid, opaque darkness until required. Between the two screens, which are linked allowing occupants to move content between the two with a flick of a finger, nearly every non-dynamic feature can be controlled.Range Rover Velar has a wealth of optional and standard driving aids on hand to enhance driving experience. Featuring the most innovative thinking, engineering and vehicle technologies, these features will help you manage most traffic, motorway, road and even night-time driving situations with ease.
For confident off-road driving across a variety of terrains Range Rover Velar features Hill Descent Control (HDC) as standard along with the optional Terrain Response 2. Whilst a choice of intelligent, permanent Land Rover All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems deliver unrivalled, all-weather and all-surface capability.With 251 mm ground clearance, a 24 -degrees breakover and 30 -degrees departure angle, the Velar is every milimetre capable. Buyers will be able to choose from six engines, each driving through an eight-speed automatic gearbox – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 178 bhp and 237 bhp Ingenium diesel unit , a new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol unit with 247bhp which will be followed by a 296bhp version of the same engine later, , a 296bhp V6 diesel engine and a 375bhp V6 petrol engine.