Range Rover’s new crossover, the Velar has definitely gained a ton of attention.
The new model has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and goes on sale this summer with a price tag between $50,895 and $90,295. Essentially, this looks like an expensive, slightly dressier F-Pace, which starts at $42,985. But no, the Velar sits perfectly between the $42,795 Evoque and the $66,645 Range Rover Sport.
It’s a lower, longer, smaller, yet bigger Range Rover compared to the others. It’s a 189.1 inches long, 74.9 inches wide with a 113.1 inch wheelbase. It may have traded off the off-road authenticity, it definitely wins the best Crossover.
In the United Kingdom, customers get four engine choices, however in the States customers only get three – Land Rover’s Ingenium two-litre diesel with 180-horsepower, two-litre turbo petrol unit with 247-horsepower, a three-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 380-horsepower. We won’t get a 3.0-liter turbocharged Diesel, but Europe will. Top speeds are from 130-miles-per-hour to 155-miles-per-hour.
The engines are paired to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive as standard.
“We wanted to elevate Range Rover’s design DNA to a new level,” says Massimo Frascella, Land Rover’s exterior creative director. “We were looking for a new level of simplicity, with the flush door handles and slim LED lights. This will do so much for Range Rover.”
Due to it’s low height, the Velar is the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever produced.
“We wanted an emphasis on the classic Range Rover proportions,” says Frascella. “The short front overhangs and long tail give an incredible elegance, moving the emphasis rearward like luxury yachts … There’s nothing quite like it.”
Inside, is where things get exciting. You get a twin HD touchscreen in the centre console, that make use of Panasonic’s Magic Ring technology in the twin multi-function rotary controls. The lower screen is founded on a floating “blade” and the top screen pops out of the dashboard.
The Velar has four trims – Standard, S ($4,800 more), R-Dynamic SE ($5,400 more than S), and the R-Dynamic HSE ($7,500 more).
You also get a fully decked-out First Edition Trim which is ONLY offered with the V6 turbocharged Petrol, which costs $90,295. This trim/vehicle is limited to 500 units in the US, with a full leather interior with carbon weave accenting, a Meridian sound system and exquisite 22-inch wheels.
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