More news from the Geneva Motor Show as Range Rover have unveiled the 2018 Velar. Sitting comfortably between the Evoque and the Sport in size, the Velar is the new SUV on the market and is as interesting inside as it is outside.
With touches like hidden door handles and a blacked out roof, the Range Rover Velar is sure to be a hit with many. The interior is uncluttered and gives us an idea of what future Range Rovers will look like. It also comes with Land Rover’s latest infotainment system, the Touch Pro Duo, with two 10-inch screens. It also comes with matrix-laser LED Headlights and Burnished Copper-coloured detailing. The touchscreen infotainment system is Land Rover’s most sophisticated yet and controls the heated seats, suspension and transmission settings.
The Velar is based on the same platform as the Jaguar F-Pace crossover and is perfect for those who feel the Evoque is too small but the Sport is too big. The wheelbase is around 100mm longer than the Evoque but 100mm smaller than the Sport, so it really is right in the middle of the two. The boot space is a generous 632 litres, 1,731 litres when you fold the seats down. Both of these are larger than its main competitor; the Porsche Macan. Appearance wise, however, it looks more like the Evoque than the Sport. It has elongated headlights and brakelights and a sleek roofline.
Adaptive Dynamics dampning technology comes as standard on all models, as does all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. And although it’s more road-focused than ever before, the Velar is still as good off-road as it is on it and comes with Hill Descent Control and All Terrain Progress Control as well as Terrain Response 2. Terrain Response 2 is Land Rover’s off-road driving selector which optimises driving no matter the terrain.
The Velar is aimed to rival the Porsche Macan and got its name Velare from the Latin ‘to veil’. Interestingly, this was the name given to pre-production Range Rovers back in the 1970s when they were first introduced. Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover’s Global Product Marketing Director told Autonews “Our closest competitors are the Porsche Macan and the BMW X4…Specification adjusted, in terms of pricing we are on par with the Macan and slightly above the X4”. Jaguar Land Rover’s exterior design director Massimo Frascella has said”This is the most road-oriented Range Rover we have ever designed,”
There will be three engines available, with base Velar’s being treated to a 2.0litre 247hp engine, a mid-level 2.0litre diesel 180hp and for those that want real speed, there is a 3.0litre V-6 model available. Standard equipment in base models is pretty good, with heated seats and windscreen, keyless entry and 18-inch alloy wheels. The S-line comes with gesture-controlled tailgate and 10-way electrically adjustable front seats. And the range topper, the HSE, gets 21-alloy wheels, Windsor leather seats with massage and climate function for front passengers and satin chrome trim.
Models are thought to be on sale this summer, and it has been reported that prices will start at 15k cheaper than the Range Rover Sport at £44,830 but will rise to £53,720. If you are interested in the current range rovers and would like to talk to our team regarding possible finance options, don’t hesitate to contact us on 01903 538 835 or request a call back below.
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