UPDATED - 2018 Range Rover Velar Completes Four-Model Lineup
F-Pace Based Midsizer Bridges Gap Between Evoque, Sport
UPDATED April 13, 2017: The 2018 Range Rover Velar made its North American debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, and we got a chance to inspect it up close. It's even prettier in person than it appears in photos.
We got a tease a few weeks ago of the Range Rover Velar, with just one rear photo and a diagram outlining the now four models in the Range Rover family, and where the Velar fits into that hierarchy, between the smaller Evoque and larger Range Rover Sport. Today, we get a more detailed look at the new midsize Range Rover. Although the press release studiously avoids mentioning the “J” word, one glace at the Velar’s specifications make it clear it shares a platform with the Jaguar F-Pace, right down to its 113.2-inch wheelbase.
Likewise, powertrains are shared between the two, with a 180hp Ingenium 2.0L turbodiesel I-4 on the bottom end, stepping up to a 247hp 2.0L gasoline I-4 turbo, and a 380hp, 3.0L supercharged V-6 on the top end. The Velar differs from the U.S.-spec F-Pace that currently only offers the diesel I-4 and 340hp supercharged V-6. Land Rover claims brisk performance for the top-spec V-6, with a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Although the Velar appears plenty capable with a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,500 pounds with the V-6 and ground clearance of up to 9.9 inches with the available air suspension, like the F-Pace, its all-wheel-drive system does not have a traditional low range. Nevertheless, Land Rover says the Velar has a 24.5-degree approach angle, 27-degree departure angle, and up to a 25.6-inch wading depth. The standard Terrain Response system has six driver-selectable modes. The optional Terrain Response 2 features an automatic setting which selects the most appropriate drive mode based on driving and terrain conditions.
For the Velar’s interior, two touchscreens combine with two knobs to offer multiple functions with a minimum of clutter. The knobs can alternately adjust cabin temperature or driving mode, depending on the function selected by the driver.
While the exterior shows a clear similarity with the F-Pace, the headlights, grille and taillights give the Velar a strong familial resemblance to the Evoque and Sport. Exterior lighting is full LED front to back. Taking a cue from Tesla, the Velar features flush-mounted deployable door handles. Wheels range from 18 inches on the base model to 19-inch on the S trim, 20 on the SE, 21 on the HSE, and 22 inch optional on all models above the base trim.
As is customary for Range Rover, there are multiple exterior color and upholstery options, including synthetic suede and leather, dubbed “Suedecloth” and “Luxtec.” Higher-trim models get genuine perforated leather seating surfaces with heating and cooling. Trim levels range from base, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, and R-Dynamic HSE. The limited-run First Edition is powered exclusively by the 380hp supercharged V-6. Both the gas and diesel I-4 models are available in the full range of trim levels.
The Velar will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull, England plant, with a starting U.S. price of $50,895, including $995 destination, for the I-4 gas model, all the way up to $90,295 for the First Edition. The diesel S model starts at $57,195 including destination. The Velar will be available at U.S. dealers later this year.
Source: Land Rover