After 47 years in luxury SUV production, Land Rover digs up an old name to match the face of its most recent model. With the new Range Rover Velar, the British automaker expects to offer clients a minimalist and elegant option that features state-of-the-art technology at the driver’s fingertips.
On the outside, the Velar’s smooth lines strengthen its aerodynamic capabilities, complemented by deployable door handles and an integrated rear spoiler. Its matrix-laser LED headlights also add to a sense of continuity that starts with the front grill and ends with the vehicle’s LED taillights.
The clean and minimalistic approach continues within the new Velar, the name that graced the first generation of Range Rovers almost 50 years ago. The vehicle features two 10-inch touchscreens with Land Rover’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, plus an interactive driver display, a heads-up display and two 8-inch rear-seat entertainment screens. Premium leather and textiles coupled with configurable ambient lighting add to a feeling of comfort for all passengers, complemented by a panoramic roof that fills the cabin with natural light. “[The] new Range Rover Velar’s interior is a calm sanctuary, created through elegant simplicity and a visually reductive approach,” says Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer of Land Rover.
Designed to fill the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar delivers the characteristic off-road performance that defines Land Rover models. Its all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics optimize torque distribution and fuel efficiency, while delivering maximum traction under every condition. The Velar also features innovative traction technologies including Hill Descent Control, All Terrain Progress Control, Terrain Response and Terrain Response 2 to cope with any road.
Depending on the market, the brand might offer a choice of six different engines, ranging from the most fuelefficient, turbocharged 2-liter V4 Ingenium version capable of delivering 180CV of power and 430Nm of torque to a supercharged, 3-liter gasoline V6 with 380CV of power and 450Nm of torque.