The new Range Rover Velar is a work of art on wheels

Almost 50 years ago the iconic Range Rover was born out of the desire to explore new places, doing so in comfort. That spirit of innovation still goes on with the introduction of the newest member of its family, the Range Rover Velar.

2017 Range Rover Velar front quarter

Velar comes from the Italian word Velare, which means to veil or to cover. This name was used as a decoy for registering the pre-production Range Rover vehicles in 1969. The new Range Rover Velar fills the space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the prodcut lineup.

The design of the new Range Rover Velar is absolutely irresistible and features a visually reductive approach. Each detail has been meticulously carried out. The look of the new luxury SUV is beautifully balanced by the perfectly optimised volumes and proportions.

The floating roof and clamshell bonnet give clear references to its bloodline. At the same time, the large wheels, up to 22-inches in diameter, give the vehicle a powerful and contemporary presence. The short front overhangs and super-slim full-LED headlights further minimise the visual weight.

Range Rover Velar is endowed with flush deployable door handles, again a first for the company. The handles, which feature subtle LED illumination, quickly deploy when the doors are unlocked via the key fob, or by pressing a discreet button in the handle. The handles retract seamlessly into the doors when the car is locked, or at speeds above 8km/h, thus improving aerodynamics.

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The Velar R-Dynamic is even more striking and receives a different, deeper front bumper with enlarged inlets to increase cooling along with creating a greater visual presence. The front grille and all Range Rover letterings are finished in Shadow Atlas Silver while the front bumper blades and fender vents are detailed in Burnished Copper-colour. The black contrast roof option and the Dark Grey Satin wheels, deliver a unique stance to the luxury SUV.

The Velar’s optional Matrix LED laser headlamps deliver incredible visibility and are also set apart by the signature Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Animated Direction Indicators. The Adaptive Front Lighting system coordinates the light beam to the steering wheel angle while the intelligent high beam assist maximises the number of high beam sections around oncoming traffic for ultimate visibility while casting a shadow in front of approaching vehicles for maximum safety.

Range Rover Velar’s precision-crafted interior adopts the most recent technology focusing on luxury materials of the finest quality. Combined with the exceptional craftsmanship, the bespoke environment is both calm and sophisticated. The front seats offer opulent comfort and are adjustable in 20-ways. The seats also get heating, cooling and massage functions. The optional four-zone climate control, cabin air ionisation system and the configurable mood lighting make Velar’s interior an even more comfortable place to be in.

In the rear, there is an exceptionally spacious environment for all occupants. The 40:20:40 rear seats offer superior comfort too, and also come with heating and electric recline options. Reduced wind and road noise intensify the sense of refinement while the optional sliding panoramic roof also adds to the spacious and modern feeling of the cabin.

2017 Range Rover Velar interior

The Range Rover Velar offers class-leading luggage area delivering an impressive 632-litres of space and with the rear seats folded flat, the Velar provides up to 1,731-litres of room.

Everything inside the Velar has been designed and crafted around the user. At the centre of this modern interior lies the all new Touch Pro Duo system which is the most advanced system developed by Jaguar Land Rover. The system comprises of two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens.

Each function can be individually chosen and displayed on the top part of the screen to present more specific information and user options. The lower touchscreen is integrated within the centre console. It manages features such as the climate control and Terrain Response functions. Two tactile rotary controllers which compliment the touch screens are reconfigurable to enable them to perform several functions.

The optional Meridian Signature Sound system delivers an incomparable listening experience for all occupants through its 23 speakers. The rear seat entertainment system which consists of two 8-inch HD touchscreens allows passengers to access multimedia entertainment and other functions. InControl connectivity features enable the user to communicate with the vehicle via a smartphone or other devices from anywhere. It also allows controlling their favourite apps from the vehicle’s touchscreen.

The customizable 12.3-inch interactive driver display delivers a choice of key information. Land Rover’s new high-resolution Head-up Display (HUD) option ensures that the driver has all the required information in front, allowing to focus on the road ahead. Another innovative technology intended to make life easier is Land Rover’s Activity Key option. It is a waterproof and shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder. It allows the customers to enjoy sports and outdoor activities without having to carry the key fob.

2017 Range Rover Velar in action

Underpinning the new Range Rover Velar is the lightweight aluminium structure. It is incredibly strong and rigid resulting in a light but stable SUV. The Velar comes with an air suspension which delivers truly outstanding comfort and increased off-road capability. The air suspension drops the ride height by 10mm when traveling at speeds above 105km/h to reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore improve fuel efficiency. The Auto Access Height function lowers the suspension by 40mm when the car is switched off. Thus, making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.

The Velar comes with a selection of 6 engines. The new light weight all aluminium 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder Ingenium engines are available in both diesel and petrol. The D180 diesel engine develops 180 PS and peak torque of 430 Nm. The D240 engine produces 240 PS and an exceptional 500 Nm. For exceptional diesel performance, there is the V6 twin turbo D300 engine that churns out 300 PS and astonishing torque of 700Nm.

Range Rover Velar is one of the first applications for Jaguar Land Rover’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines. The P250 develops a peak power of 250 PS and torque of 365 Nm. The P300 engine is rated at 300 PS, making it the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used in a Land Rover vehicle. It generates a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This high-performance engine will be available later in 2017.

For the ultimate performance customer can pick up the P380 supercharged 6 cylinder petrol engine that produces 380 PS and 450Nm of torque. The engines are mated with a responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder engines are matched to the 8HP 45 transmissions while the six-cylinders are paired with the 8HP 70 transmissions.

Configurable dynamics allow the driver to alter the driving characteristics in dynamic mode as per their personal preference, creating the perfect driving experience. Intelligent Driveline Dynamics ensure the best grip whatever the road conditions. Torque Vectoring by Braking monitors steering inputs to minimise understeer to ensure agility.

Velar’s electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system provides excellent driver feedback, accuracy and feel. An active rear locking differential provides greater stability and control when cornering or when traversing challenging off-road terrains. This when combined with electronically dampers, transforms the driving experience by adapting to the road conditions.

The new Range Rover Velar has the world renowned Land Rover capability at its core. The intelligent, all-wheel-drive (AWD) system ensures confident handling no matter how challenging the conditions are. The vehicle boast of class leading wade depth of up to 650 mm with real-time information presented on the upper touch screen.

All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) is a state of the art system that enables the driver to set a constant speed to improve control on challenging surfaces. Standard Terrain Response allows adjusting the vehicle setup according to the driving condition to deliver outstanding off-road capability whatever the terrain.

Terrain Response 2 automatically selects the best driving modes. The air suspension can further raise the SUV to 251 mm from a standard ground clearance of 213 mm. Thereby, delivering class-leading ground clearance, approach, break over and departure angles.

The Range Rover Velar will be produced alongside the Jaguar F-Pace and the new Discovery at Solihull facility in UK. The Velar is expected to go on sale by July 2017.

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2017 Range Rover Velar Dimensions:

Overall length: 4803 mm
Wheelbase: 2874 mm
Height: 1665 mm
Front wheel track: 1642 mm
Rear wheel track: 1657 mm
Width (mirrors folded): 2032 mm
Width (mirrors out): 2145 mm
Front headroom: 993 mm
Rear headroom: 988 mm
Front headroom (with panoramic roof): 970 mm
Rear headroom (with panoramic roof): 966 mm

Velar D180 Engine Specifications:

Capacity: 1999 cc
Power: 180 PS
Torque: 430 Nm
Max speed: 209 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 8.9 sec
Gross vehicle weight: 2490 kg

Velar D240 Engine Specifications:

Capacity: 1999 cc
Power: 240 PS
Torque: 500 Nm
Max speed: 217 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 7.3 sec
Gross vehicle weight: 2510 kg

Velar D300 Engine Specifications:

Capacity: 2993 cc
Power: 300 PS
Torque: 700 Nm
Max speed: 241 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 6.1 sec
Gross vehicle weight: 2610 kg

Velar P250 Engine Specifications:

Capacity: 1998 cc
Power: 250 PS
Torque: 365 Nm
Max speed: 217 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 6.7 sec
Gross vehicle weight: 2470 kg

Velar P380 Engine Specifications:

Capacity: 2995 cc
Power: 380 PS
Torque: 450 Nm
Max speed: 250 km/h
Acceleration 0-100km/h: 5.7 sec
Gross vehicle weight: 2540 kg