In terms of size and price, the 2018 Range Rover Velar SUV fits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
The British marquee, Land Rover is gearing up to launch two SUVs in the Indian market – the new-generation Discovery and the all-new Range Rover Velar. While the former will go on sale on coming 28th October, the latter one will hit showrooms towards the end of this year. Official bookings of both the cars have already been commenced across the nation. Velar will be Land Rover’s most advanced SUV, and the fourth addition to the Range Rover family. To be available in three trims – S, SE and HSE – this luxury SUV will come with three powertrian options – 177bhp, 2.0L Ingenium diesel, 296bhp, 3.0L diesel and 246bhp, 2.0L petrol. A ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox with all -wheels-drive (AWD) system will be standard across the carline. Land Rover claims that the new Range Rover SUV offers new “levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability”.
Developed as the most road-biased model, the Range Rover Velar is sportier, more agile and has less inertia than other Range Rover models. The Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern said, the Velar is the most aerodynamically designed Land Rover yet. Touted as the youngest SUV in Range Rover line-up, the Velar is the most appealing model in visual terms (within line-up) packed with a range of high-tech features. All variants of the SUV will get Hill Descent Control (HDC) as standard safety fitment, while the Terrain Response 2 will be an optional offering. Read – New Land Rover Discovery – Pictures & Details
The Velar shares its platform with the Jaguar F-Pace, and appears quite masculine and sporty. Styling bits such as LED headlamps integrated with LED DRLs, large bumper, clamshell bonnet and sportier 22-inch tyres add more to its aggressive appeal. Interior of the SUV brims with several advanced comfort features such as new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touchscreens, premium leather upholstery, active rear locking e-differential, 20-way power adjustable seats with cooling and heating functions, etc.
The name ‘Velar’ comes from the Latin word ‘velaris’ which means ‘to cover or veil’. Production of the SUV will take place at the company’s Solihull based facility in UK. In the Land Rover’s lineup, the Velar will fit between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and shares its technology with the similarly sized Jaguar F-Pace. Prices of the new Land Rover SUV will start from Rs 79 lakh for the entry-level model, and go up to Rs 1.18 crore for the fully-loaded high-spec HSE diesel variant (ex-showroom).
The 4th Range Rover SUV will first see a release in the UK market. The British carmaker will bring in the Velar in India after the launch of new-generation Discovery. It could be rolled out towards the end of this year. However, the company hasn’t yet confirmed launch date and details of the vehicle. JLR dealers have already commenced taking pre-orders for the vehicle.
|2.0 Petrol S||Rs 79 lakh|
|2.0 Petrol SE||Rs 81 lakh|
|2.0 Petrol HSE||Rs 85 lakh|
|2.0 Diesel S||Rs 79 lakh|
|2.0 Diesel SE||Rs 81 lakh|
|2.0 Diesel HSE||Rs 85 lakh|
|3.0 Diesel S||Rs 1.10 crore|
|3.0 Diesel SE||Rs 1.12 crore|
|3.0 Diesel HSE||Rs 1.18 crore|
In terms of price and proportions, the new Range Rover SUV will be positioned between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. JLR will bring the Velar in India via a CBU route that will significantly increase its prices in India. The SUV’s petrol trims – S, SE and HSE – will be packed with a 2.0L Ingenium engine, and are likely to be priced at Rs 79 lakh, 81 lakh and Rs 85 lakh respectively. The 2.0L diesel counterparts will also be carrying the same price tag (i.e. S – Rs 79 lakh, SE – Rs 81 lakh & HSE – Rs 85 lakh). On the other hand, the powerful 3.0L diesel variants’ prices will fall in the range of Rs 1.10 crore – Rs 1.18 crore. In order to achieve competitive pricing, Land Rover might assemble it locally in future.
As mentioned above, the all-new Land Rover Range Rover Velar has been designed on the IQ all-aluminium platform that also underpins the Jaguar F-Pace. This new SUV features quintessential design and styling elements from the Range Rover family. The carmaker claims that the Velar has been designed on ‘visually reductive’ approach, and is the most aerodynamically designed Land Rover yet (with 0.32 co-efficient). The new flush doors and LED lights with laser technology give a chic look to the car. Sporting a signature cross mesh style grille, LED daytime running lamps, clamshell bonnet and vented bumper, the Range Rover Velar looks quite aggressive from the front fascia.
The range topping trim will be exclusively offered with 22-inch tyres fitted under the pronounced wheel arches. The rakish sliding panoramic glass roof will come as standard on the carline. Proportionally, the Range Rover Velar is 17-inch longer than the Evoque and around 2-inch shorter than Range Rover Sport. The overall length, width and height of the SUV stand at 4,803mm, 2,032mm, 1,665mm and 2,874mm respectively. Similar to the Jaguar F-Pace, the Velar has a wheelbase of 2874mm.
When it comes to features, the Velar is one of the most loaded Range Rover till date. The major highlight is the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch configurable touchscreens – called “Secret till lit”. This reduces switchgear making it more engaging and practical. These displays are supported by technology like WiFi hotsport for up to eight devices, reverse parking camera, media interface and navigation. While the other screen is for the cooling, climate control, seat heating and terrain response controls. The instrument cluster divides into two parts – a large 12.5-inch full digital instrument cluster and the two analogues dials with a 5-inch TFT screen in the centre.
Land Rover will offer the Velar with multiple trims and colour options including a new Premium Textile and more. The seats also come with two seat cover options – plush leather and premium cloth interior package. It is believed that the SUV will first come with a Dapple Grey shade upholstery with synthetic suede inserts of Light Oyster and Ebony. Keeping convenience at fore, the company will offer 20-way power-adjustable seats with heating and cooling feature. Features such as touchpads on steering wheel controlling a few key interior and driving functions, laser spotlights, gesture control for tailgate and an active rear locking e-differential will also be on offer.
|D180||2.0L Ingenium 4-cylinder Diesel (177bhp/430Nm)|
|D300||3.0L V6 Diesel (296bhp/700 Nm)|
|P250||2.0L Ingenium 4-cylinder Petrol (246bhp/365 Nm)|
To be available in five variants (D180, D240, D300, P250 and P380), the Range Rover Velar carline will be offered with three engine options. The D180 variant will be propelled by a 2.0-litre Ingenium, four-cylinder diesel motor pushing out a maximum power of 177bhp and 430Nm of torque. On the other hand, the D300 variant will use a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that is capable of generating a top power of 296bhp against 700Nm torque. The Velar would be company’s first model to use its most powerful 2.0L 269bhp unit.
Petrol variants in the carline, the P250 will derive its power from a 2.0-litre Ingenium, four-cylinder engine developing 246bhp and 265Nm of torque. All the engines on the carline will be compliant with the Euro 6 emission norms and will use ZF sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The SUV will share its underpinning with F-Pace with similar wheelbase at 2,874mm and aluminium architecture. Velar’s wade depth measures at 650mm and the length will be around 4,800mm. Furthermore, the width and height will stand at 2,032mm and 1,665mm respectively. The ride height of 213mm will offer enhanced visibility. That said the ride height could further be increased to 251mm courtesy the optional electronic air suspension.
-New Touch Pro Duo infotainment system
-Two 10-inch touchscreen (For climate control & Terrain response and infotainment system)
-Terrain Response 2
-Swade & premium micro-fibre fabric
-Flush door handles
-Active rear locking e-differential
-Torque vectoring by braking
Suspension setup of the SUV includes double-wishbone upfront and integral-link rear unit. The air springs are standard on V6-engined models, while the more powerful version gets it as an optional offering. The Velar also features Configurable Dynamics that not only improves suspension stiffness and throttle response, but reduces assistance for the power steering as well. The Torque Vectoring by brakes is also standard on the vehicle.
In the mid-sized luxury SUV space, the new Range Rover Velar will take head-to-head against its close cousin Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan. Additionally, it will also face challenge from cars like Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.