In terms of size and price, the 2018 Range Rover Velar SUV fits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
Land Rover is all set to bring in 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 9th August, the latter one will see a release on 21st September 2017. Bookings for both the cars have already opened across the country. Land Rover’s most advanced SUV – Velar – will be 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. All variants of the SUV will have a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox supported by all-four-wheels drive system. 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 at the youngest SUV in Range Rover line-up, it is expected to be the most appealing model in visual terms (within line-up) laden with multiple high-tech features. While the Hill Descent Control (HDC) will be standard across the carline, the Terrain Response 2 will be an optional offering. Read – New Land Rover Discovery – Pictures & Details
The Velar shares its underpinning with the Jaguar F-Pace, and looks quite masculine and sporty. Design elements such as LED headlamps integrated with LED DRLs, large bumper, clamshell bonnet and sportier 22-inch tyres add more its aggressive appeal. Cabin 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 much-awaited fourth Range Rover SUV was first introduced in 1970. The name ‘Velar’ comes from the Latin word ‘velaris’ which means ‘to cover or veil’. The company’s Solihull based UK facility will serve as production for the Velar. 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 go on sale in the UK market. The India launch of the Velar is likely to happen sooner than the expected. A latest carandbike report claims that the new SUV will be rolled out in the Indian market on 21st September 2017. However, the company hasn’t yet confirmed the launch 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 import the Velar as a CBU unit 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 is 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 will come 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.
The all-new Land Rover Range Rover Velar is based 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. Face of the car has been styled aggressively with a signature cross mesh style grille, LED daytime running lamps, clamshell bonnet and vented bumper.
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. Dimensionally, the 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 sits on a wheelbase of 2874mm.
Feature-wise, 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.
The Velar will come in a wide range of 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. Other key features include 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.
|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 come with three engine options. The D180 variant will receive their power from a 2.0-litre Ingenium, four-cylinder diesel motor making 177bhp with 430Nm of torque. On the other hand, the D300 variant will come with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that can develop a top power of 296bhp and 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 be propelled by a 2.0-litre Ingenium, four-cylinder engine that’s good for 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 is expected to share some underpinnings with F-Pace with similar wheelbase at 2,874mm and aluminium architecture. Velar’s wade depth is measure at 650mm and the length will be around 4,800mm. Furthermore, the width and height will measure 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
For performing damping duties, the SUV gets double-wishbone front and integral-link rear suspension setup. 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 improve 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 go squarely against its close cousin Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan. Additionally, it will also face threat from Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
The new Range Rover Velar is developed on IQ all-aluminium platform that also underpins the Jaguar F-Pace. Featuring new Ingenium range of engines, the SUV will be a viable alternative to Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6.