A week before its public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar has been revealed.
The Range Rover Velar was created to fill the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport and will arrive in Australia at the end of the year. Pricing will begin at $70,300 and move up to $135,400 before on-road costs. A special ‘First Edition’ model will also be offered at launch, priced from $167,600.
Housed inside Range Rover’s light aluminium shell will be a choice of six engines, all four and six cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel units, including the excellent 2.0-litre ‘Ingenium‘ diesel we loved in the Discovery Sport last year. All are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to all-four wheels. A muscled up SVR performance variant, possibly with a V8 engine, could join the lineup later on.
On the outside, the Range Rover Velar has a familiar exterior styling with influences from both the Evoque up front and the Sport towards the rear. Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”
Like the rest of the family, the new Velar will feature Land Rover’s suite of off-road technology, including the Terrain Response system and Hill Descent Control (HDC). Inside the Velar will feature two ultra-wide high density touch screens for the new “Touch Pro Duo” infotainment system which boasts an Intel quad-core processor, high-speed 60GB solid-state drive and ultra-fast Ethernet network. On first impression the new dash makes the Vogue look rather archaic. I’m sure existing customers will love that.
Range Rover are also trialling a sustainable seat material with Suedecloth inserts as an alternative to leather which is an arrogant play! Another highlight is the Matrix-Laser LED Headlights that extend the range of the beam to 550 metres.
You can’t argue that the Range Rover Velar is an absolute pleasure to look at, and starting from $70,300 I think we’re going to be looking at a few of them!