Range Rover Velar Takes The Brand Into The Future | MHH International
Incorporating the Range Rover ethos and DNA, the Velar’s design looks beautifully balanced. The design of the aluminium-intensive body is beautifully proportioned from the family face with slender full-LED headlights that say this is a Range Rover, through the continuous waist line to the taut tapered lines of the rear. The broad wheelbase contributes significantly to its elegance while helping to provide a spacious interior.
Although wheel size is dependent upon the model ordered, the alloy wheels – particularly the striking range of 22” designs – optimise the Velar look. It remains to be seen how the bigger wheels will affect the ride though. The shape contributes to a low drag coefficient, making this the most aerodynamically-efficient Land Rover ever produced. The Velar offers advanced technology throughout.
Inside the Velar’s is a statement interior of elegant simplicity and refinement. Switches are kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm ambiance. Design-enabling technology has been engaged fully to create the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which is the centrepiece of Velar’s interior.
This system features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly into the dashboard. These work in harmony with the cabin design while adding an overall sense of modernity; but it doesn’t stop there. It is a practical car with a trunk that accommodates an impressive 632L. This includes in the UK specification a reduced-section spare wheel as standard.
Unique right now in this sector, Velar offers a sustainable, premium textile seat material as an alternative to leather. The Dapple Grey material was developed together with the clumsily named Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles. This hard-wearing and comfortable product is the coming thing and is seen as a long-term replacement for expensive leather. Expect to see it more and more. In the Velar it is complemented with suede cloth inserts.
Integral Link rear suspension provides the perfect basis for agile handling, superior ride comfort and outstanding refinement, say the company. It also delivers exceptional levels of crash protection, and Velar has been developed to meet the most demanding crash test regulations worldwide and incorporates all the latest autonomous safety technology.
It goes without saying that this car comes with Range Rover’s sophisticated all-wheel drive system and four-corner air suspension available on 296bhp (300PS) diesel and 375bhp (380PS) petrol engines. Not just a pretty face, the Velar can do Range Rover off-road things thanks to class-leading ground clearance of up to 251mm, a class-leading wading depth of up to 650mm (600mm with coil springs).
Naturally models also come with Land Rover’s unmatched suite of traction technologies including Terrain Response 2 (optional) and All Terrain Progress Control (optional).
Across the range, buyers can select from a choice of six petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to the super-smooth ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.
Clean and refined four-cylinder Ingenium diesels are offered in 180PS and 240PS variants, noted for their low 142g/km CO² emissions and high 500Nm torque output respectively. In addition, these engines are joined by the new, highly-advanced four-pot Ingenium petrol engine which delivers 246bhp (250PS) delivering acceleration from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds).
More powerful engines will join in later including a mighty V6 diesel that combines an extraordinary 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and off-road capability with CO² emissions of only 167g/km. The 375bhp supercharged V6 mentioned above tops the list.
The Range Rover Velar certainly brings a new dimension of modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. Designed to fill the niche between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, Velar offers new levels of refinement and all-terrain capability. Unquestionably a new type of Range Rover for a new breed of customer.