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Land Rover: Range Rover Velar News

Official: it's the new Range Rover Velar | Top Gear


The new, mid-sized Rangey is here and we have many, many pictures

What you’re looking at, according to Land Rover, isn’t just a car – it’s a digital butler. No, really.

When it goes on sale this summer, Land Rover says its brand-new Velar SUV is packed full of tech that will “create an in-built technology butler”, thanks to “an all-new, cutting edge infotainment system.”

Land Rover’s Peter Virk, who has a very long job title, says the system “learns from you and anticipates your needs, serving what you want, when you want it – but never intrudes… like any good butler.”

According to Land Rover, the Velar plugs the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. And before you ask “what gap?”, there is actually a niche there. The Sport is a willfully massive thing once you get it onto tight urban streets, and shaving about 50mm off the length and width will make for a much more city-friendly SUV.

Powering the Velar is your choice of five engines. Most sensible is a 178bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which is good for 0-60mph in 8.4secs, a top speed of 130mph and more than 52mpg. There’s a higher-spec 2.0-litre diesel with 237bhp, a 6.8sec 0-60mph time, a 135mph top speed and slightly poorer economy, at 49mpg.

The 3.0-litre diesel V6 takes another step towards grunt over greenness, with 296bhp, 0-60 in 6.1secs, a top speed of 150mph and about 44mpg.

If you’re a petrol fan, there’s a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo with 247bhp, a 296bhp tune following further down the line. But what you really want is the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol, with 375bhp. It’ll knock off a 0-60 dash in 5.3secs, hit 155mph and burn through dino juice at a rate of about 30mpg.

If you spring for either of the V6-powered models, you’ll also get air suspension as standard. But fear not, entry-level buyers – adaptive dampers are standard across the range.

The spec levels, for you badge-spotters out there, run from the standard Velar, through the usual S, SE and HSE specs, with a sportier appearance if you go for an R-Dynamic kit. Prices start at £44,830, but get excited and pick the R-Dynamic HSE V6 and you’ll be paying more than £72,000.

According to Land Rover, the Velar is built from sustainable materials, following an all-new design. On that note, if a mineralogist could tell us how sustainable aluminium is, that’d be grand, because the Velar uses quite a bit of it. In reality, the sustainable material that Land Rover’s talking about is inside the cabin – a special textile takes the place of leather on the seats.

Now, it wouldn’t be a Range Rover unless it could scale the surface of Mars with a Labrador in the boot. To that end, Land Rover has kitted the Velar out with a full suite of off-road gubbins, provided that you tick the options box accordingly. Normally, it’d make sense to rail against the lack of standard kit, but if you’re not going to take your Velar to Monument Valley, what use do you have for a locking rear diff and terrain response control?

Regardless of how much you choose from the options list, you’ll get autonomous emergency braking, traffic warnings and a gizmo that detects if you’re about to have forty winks behind the wheel. Handy.

Now to the styling. There’s an old Latin saying that, roughly translated, says, “In matters of taste, there should be no dispute.” So we’ll leave you to make up your own mind on the rakish styling direction that design boss Gerry McGovern has chosen. Instead, we can tell you that, with a drag coefficient of 0.32, it’s the slipperiest Land Rover product ever.

And, if you wanted to have a look at the Velar’s design yourself (and you’re in the London area) you’re in luck – it’s on display in the Design Museum in Kensington until March 5th.

There’s actually a little bit of history behind a Land Rover product sitting in a museum – the original Range Rover was displayed in the Louvre in the 1970s, and it was a pretty decent bit of kit. And here’s where the Velar name comes in, actually – ‘Velar’ was the name originally given to the very first Range Rover prototypes that Land Rover built back in 1969.

So, does it tickle your fancy? If so, best find about £85k (try your other pair of jeans) and get in touch with Land Rover rather soon – there’s a special ‘First Edition’, powered by V6 engines only and with much leather, 1600W of Meridian stereo and something called ‘Matrix-Laser’ LED headlights as standard. As well as that digital butler…
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$55k base for this thing? Too expensive... At that point you might as well get a RRS for not a whole lot more money and a lot more capability. I also don't buy the fact that a supercharged V6 is going to get anywhere close to 30mpg on a reasonable driving cycle with a SUV this big and probably heavy.
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it also looks like any other Range now days, don't see anything special about it compared to the other ones.
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Also, it fitting between the Evoque & RRS, wouldn't that be the LR Disco? Or is this a sort-of RR badged Disco?
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A good looking SUV. I see where it fits the gap between the tiny Evoque and the X6 fighting RR Sport. The styling is really familiar, but still different from the rest of RR lineup. That said, to anyone who isn't a Land Rover/Range Rover fan, they'll all look interchangeable. My guess is that this will easily be the best selling RR, being both right sized and also somewhat reasonably affordable (when compared to the rest of the RR line up). With all of that said, there's truly no more room in the RR lineup for another SUV.
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Also, it fitting between the Evoque & RRS, wouldn't that be the LR Disco? Or is this a sort-of RR badged Disco?
I think the rational answer is yes, except that Land Rover has this idea that the Disco "Family" will be more practical while still being very upscale, while the RR "Family" of SUVs will be all out luxurious and more performance oriented. Seeing as how Land Rover is limited to only selling SUVs, this idea of grouping them into purpose built "Families" of RR, Discovery, and Defender, enables them to flesh it's lineups as a whole with a ton of SUVs to fill every niche. Also, the Disco is more of a tweener with the RR Sport and RR. It shares the same monoque frame as those vehicles. This is more the size and stature of the Discovery Sport, but as I mentioned, in LR's eyes, the Disco Sport and Velar are targeting different customers.
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^ Disco Sport was what I meant. Which, every time I see one, can't help but think that it looks like an Explorer.....
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^ Disco Sport was what I meant. Which, every time I see one, can't help but think that it looks like an Explorer.....
I agree 100%. That said, the Explorer is a poor facsimile of Land Rovers. The tail lights are RR copies. Ford blacked out the A and D pillar to create a floating roof, which is a true LR design trait, and the front fascia screams LR as well. But in today's day and age, everyone from Ford to Kia blatantly steals design cues from luxury brands. It's a shame, really.
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I built a Velar yesterday and could see myself owning one. Love the infotainment system in it most of all.




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Ditto. Putting His on the shortlist with the new XC60.
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ditto. Putting his on the shortlist with the new xc60. v90
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I want to like it. But something about missing door handles on a crossover just rubs me the wrong way. I don't like it. The other thing is the roof slopes too much in the rear and gives the rear end a pointy look. In regards to size, this slots between the evoque and RR sport and is thankfully based on a RWD platform from the F-pace.
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To each his own, you like your RDX, I happen to think they're very innocuous and unattractive but hey, I don't have to pay for one now do I?
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To each his own, you like your RDX, I happen to think they're very innocuous and unattractive but hey, I don't have to pay for one now do I?
Lol to say I like the exterior looks of my past RDX would be a stretch, I like the rear end, but really dislike the front end in truth. But for me, it was the performance of the RDX that made me love it, DEFINITELY not for the looks. I don't think this is ugly, I just need to see it in person. Just like how the Cayenne looks odd in pics and amazing in person, this might be the same case. At the end of the day, you are correct. To each his own!
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I had that same love/hate affair with my 01 CL-S; the front was fine, the rear looked like a damn Buick.
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I built a Velar yesterday and could see myself owning one. Love the infotainment system in it most of all.




Build your NEW RANGE ROVER VELAR
I built one too, just to see where my price would fall. It's a beautiful SUV,and it's right sized for the market. Mid sizers is definitely the most competitive segment right now. I think This will stack up well against the Macan, X4, and it's sister/platform mate, the F-Pace. I've got a 9 month old son and another son coming in July, so for my wife and I, it's impractical. The Discovery, however, is on my very short list. Every review I see or read on it raves about the flexibility, functionality, and off road capability. The Discovery is on my very short list, along with the XC90 and possibly Q7. My biggest knock on the Q7 is its looks, for me.
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UPDATE: I drove one of these this past Sunday at Watkins Glen where RR had an obstacle set up in the "Boot" through trees, over logs, through a creek, down a steep ass hill and other fun things. This is a very nice vehicle and I still could see myself owning one. As my wife said so well, "do you really need a vehicle that can do those kinds of things when the most you'll do is drive it through snow?" Hmmmm, good point Mrs. but still . . . .
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https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/...auto/road-test

I really want one of these Velars.
So do a lot of people, it seems. Few cars that don’t have big wings or silly doors attract as much attention as the Range Rover Velar.

People point at it and talk to you about it. They ask you if it’s any good, because their hairdresser’s wife’s sister’s husband’s best friend is thinking about putting his name down and can’t decide whether or not he wants the contrast roof. It gets a bit annoying.

It figures.
Well, there’s no denying Land Rover’s made a hugely desirable car. It’s supposed to plug the gap between the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque (and feels closer to the former than the latter), which in practical terms means it’s bigger than a BMW X4, but not as big as an X6.

Its underpinnings are shared with the Jaguar F-Pace, but the Velar is longer, narrower and, because it’s a Land Rover, better off-road. Which is great, even though we bet it’s just a tiny fraction of potential owners who’ll give a damn.

How about on the road?
This is our first time trying a Velar in the UK, and indeed our first time in the range-topping ‘First Edition’, with its 3.0-litre supercharged V6 making 380bhp. And it drives, well… like a Range Rover.

Don’t think the fact it shares a platform with one of the best-driving small SUVs means it’s especially engaging – because it isn’t. You still need the F-Pace, or better yet, a Porsche Macan, if you want to have any real fun driving your crossover.

Shame.
Not really. The Velar’s still pretty good. It’s a Range Rover, and they’re not for going fast (though we’ve no doubt there’ll be an SVR before long). Even with the F-Type’s big 375bhp V6 on board, you never feel compelled to drive it especially quickly. It doesn’t fall to pieces if you do, but the Velar is best enjoyed a long way south of maximum commitment.

The steering is well-weighted and precise enough to make placing its near two-metre girth straightforward and stress-free, the eight-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and unobtrusive and the air-sprung ride of our test car coped pretty well with most everything Britain could throw at it – even on those chintzy 22in wheels. It’s a refined and relaxing drive rather than an engaging or thrilling one, and that’s just fine.

As for the engine – we’d stick with the diesel. The petrol is faster outright (5.3sec to 62mph and 155mph top speed), but it doesn’t half drink (30.1mpg claimed, expect mid 20s) and in this application isn’t particularly rewarding. A lusty, un-stressed six-cylinder diesel is more at home here. That tops 44mpg and is a couple of grand cheaper in First Edition spec than this petrol.

That interior is something else…
Isn’t it? And it actually works too. I mean, I’d still rather have actual buttons for my climate controls and radio presets, but Land Rover’s implementation of the Velar’s two touchscreens – one where you’d normally find it, the other lower down, where the climate controls normally sit – is pretty good. I was a doubter, but I didn’t have nearly as many accidents as I thought I would trying to change radio stations or switch drive modes. It’s still not quite as intuitive or a slick in its responses as it could be, but Land Rover is certainly making progress. For a full run-down of the interior tech, head over to our full review.

Because our test car was a ‘First Edition’ it had every conceivable bell and whistle. Its RRP was £86,175 – and that’s an outrageous sum for a car of this size and type. Ten minutes spent on Land Rover’s online configurator reveals you can get a sensibly specified ‘proper’ Range Rover for that.

But a proper Rangie is nowhere near as stylish.
Exactly. Something is worth what people are prepared to pay for it, and we’ve no doubt Land Rover will have no trouble whatsoever finding people willing to spend circa-£90k on its ‘mid-range’ model.

But if you’re buying on substance as well as style, our money would go on the V6 diesel. The supercharged V6 petrol will sell well overseas but a more torquey, lower-revving diesel better suits the Velar’s character. As for money, we’d dodge the First Edition – you can get a V6 diesel with all the kit you want/need (the twin-screen infotainment is standard, so are the pop-out door handles) for a price that begins with a six.
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Saw a Velar on the road today, only caught a quick glance before it was obscured by traffic.
Surprised that it's a good bit smaller than it looked in photos, but it looks quite nice. If I had to guess, it looks similar in size to an Explorer, but maybe not as wide.
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It's smaller than an Explorer I'd say, didn't seem as wide, tall or long when I drove it.
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/10/ra...mercs-x-class/

Pickup trucks are some of the most utilitarian vehicles on the market. Consequently, one might have thought that a brand like Range Rover, who specializes in luxurious, spacious, and capable off-road vehicles, to take a look at the segment, especially after Mercedes-Benz came out with the X-Class.

However, unlike Merc, BMW and the rest of premium brands are simply not interested in making a pickup truck. Nonetheless, Rain Prisk has imagined how a Range Rover pickup might look like even if the brand won’t ever make such a thing.

As Prisk’s pickup is based around the Velar, most of its front fascia remains bog standard, albeit for a few styling add-ons. The serious changes start at the roof, which has been shortened to make room for a large trunk bed. The rear wheels have also been pushed back to lengthen the vehicle and create something that would surely give the Mercedes-Benz X-Class a run for its money. Tying everything together are extended, black wheel arches, off-road tires and rough-and-ready wheels.

Mind you, a few tuning companies have created Range Rover pickups, most notably Startech. The firm’s Range Rover-based pickup was introduced a few years ago, but even its modifications weren’t as comprehensive as those of the pictured Velar pickup.
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Land Rover Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition

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Designed as the pinnacle of the Velar line-up, the new model has been developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and is powered by a 550PS 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine with a range of unique design enhancements. Adding to its exclusivity, this distinctive model will be available to purchase for one year only.

Rawdon Glover, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: "The Range Rover Velar strikes a perfect balance between go-anywhere practicality, dynamic performance and relaxing comfort. By enhancing the luxury and dynamic characteristics even further we have created the pinnicle of the Velar range."

With a supercharged V8 engine, the most powerful Velar accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.3 seconds) and is capable of 274km/h (170mph), while cosseting customers with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort.

Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems, ensure the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury mid-size SUV.

Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: "Developing the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the kind of task Special Vehicle Operations was made for. The challenge here was to increase performance without compromising the composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar."

The powerful new model is distinguished by a range of visual enhancements and unique trim finishes, delivering a more purposeful appearance and heightened attention to detail while maintaining Velar's perfect proportions and distinctive silhouette.

On the outside, the award-winning Velar features a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and cool the uprated braking system. A new grille and lower side mouldings combine with a revised rear bumper featuring integrated quad exhaust finishers.

The exterior changes combine with a transmission tunnel undertray to ensure the fastest Velar in the range cuts through the air more efficiently.

Even the Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate has been enhanced, with a knurled finish on the metal element of the two-piece letters adding a fresh degree of sophistication to the exterior. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also the only Velar available in Satin Byron Blue - a metallic paint finish from Special Vehicle Operations' Premium Palette range - and all models feature a contrast Narvik Black roof as standard.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: "Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The new Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition amplifies the highly desirable nature of the 2018 World Car Design winner by introducing a compelling combination of heightened performance and luxury."

Distinctive forged aluminium wheels provide another clue to the enhanced performance. The lightweight 21-inch design weighs the same as the 20-inch wheels on the core model and customers can also specify optional 22-inch rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging, providing a further degree of personalisation.

The larger wheels indicate the performance focus of the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, helping to generate more grip and accommodating larger brakes. Its 395mm front and 396mm diameter rear brake discs feature a two-piece construction to optimise weight. The innovative designs also dissipate heat more effectively to cope with the higher braking forces generated during high performance driving.

The extra stopping power is highlighted by red brake calipers (four-piston at the front, sliding at the rear) which feature Land Rover lettering. Gloss Black calipers are also available for a more discreet appearance.

The purposeful exterior is matched by a heightened sense of luxury inside with a carefully curated combination of finishes and upholstery. The twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather is unique to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition and is available in four colour combinations (Ebony, Cirrus, Vintage Tan and Pimento) and the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions as standard.

The special touches inside extend to the unique sports steering wheel, which features a specially contoured rim and tactile aluminium gear shift paddles. Lower down, the rotary gear selector and control dials for the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system all feature a sophisticated knurled finish. An optional carbon fibre pack for the interior adds a more contemporary feel to the cabin, while sports pedals and illuminated metal treadplates with Range Rover script complete the look.

Design elements extend to the 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display featuring unique 'digitally knurled' dials and a bespoke SVAutobiography Dynamic start-up screen. This digital detailing continues with the electronics that underpin the driving characteristics of the new flagship Velar model.

Calibrations for the AWD system, Active Rear Locking Differential, eight-speed transmission, steering and air suspension have all been honed and are bespoke to the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition; delivering a more focused driving experience. Engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations spent 63,900 hours fine-tuning the unique calibration to optimise the ride, handling and responsiveness.

The work of Special Vehicle Operations focused on delivering increased breath of capability, maintaining Land Rover's renowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded anti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering and the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.

The all-wheel drive system has been uprated too with a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loads generated by the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptibly distributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100 per cent to the rear depending on the conditions.

Speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering is fitted as standard, minimising effort at parking speeds but delivering precise and direct control at higher speeds, while the Velar's Dynamic mode has been enhanced, optimising the steering, suspension and transmission settings to suit more enthusiastic on-road driving.

The unique character of the Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also reflected by its bespoke exhaust set-up, which provides a soundtrack to match its performance. SV's Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending upon the driving conditions, and provides Velar with an unmistakable V8 rumble. The active set-up is 7.1kg lighter than the standard design and its increased gas flow helps to unlock some of the flagship model's increased performance.

The Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition sounds like no other SUV, but the most driver-focused model in the range is as practical as ever. The generous boot capacity is unaffected, while the flexible 40:20:40-split rear seats allow customers to vary the loadspace depending on their requirements. The 82-litre fuel tank also promises a genuine range in excess of 483km (300 miles).

The new Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colours: Firenze Red, Santorini Black, Corris Grey, Fuji White, Indus Silver and, by special order, Satin Byron Blue.

Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is priced from £86,120 OTR in the UK.


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