There is a neat little gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, which retail for $41,000 and $65,000 respectively in the US. Now that gap has been filled by this new sports utiltity crossover from Land Rover. They are calling it the Range Rover Velar and with its prices starting at $49,000, we think that gap has been successfully filled. The top-of-the-line “First Edition” costs all of $89,300 though, which is quite extreme a price tag, though for a mid-range SUV. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Velar is being touted as one of the biggest launches of the event.
The styling is clearly an amalgamation of the two brothers flanking the Range Rover Velar on the price list. The front end has been borrowed from the Range Rover Evoque while the profile is more Range Rover Sport than anything else. But the rear end looks more inspired by the SUV with which is shares its major engineering foundation with – the Jaguar F-Pace. Built on the same aluminium architecture as the Jaguar F-Pace with the same wheelbase as the SUV from the leaping cat, the Velar is bigger than the BMW X4 and offers loads of interior space for the passengers as well as the luggage that they are carrying. Land Rover is pitting the Velar against the BMW X4 and Mercedes Benz GLC. But we won’t be surprised if they poach some customers away from the BMW X6 and Mercedes Benz GLE as well.
The interior is more futuristic than the ones in its competition as the Range Rover Velar comes with a clean dashboard which is devoid of clutter. Two large 10-inch touchscreen displays occupy the console with the one on the dash meant for infotainment. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has an Intel quad core processor, high-speed 60GB solid-state drive and ultra-fast Ethernet network. The other screen which is located on the center console taking care of the business of displaying car information and details pertaining to controls like air-conditioning. Three physical knobs are in place, right below the center console display for controlling the AC. The instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch digital display unit. Gesture-controlled tailgate, Matrix-Laser LED headlights, Terrain Response system and Hill Descent Control system and Land Rover’s all-wheel drive system are the other highlights.
North America will be getting the Range Rover Velar in three engine options – a 247bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol, a 380bhp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 petrol and a 180bhp 2.0-liter diesel. All units will come mated with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Europe on the other hand will be spoilt for choice with more engine options – 177bhp and 236bhp 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesels, along with a 295bhp 3.0-liter V6 diesel powerplant and 246bhp 2.0-liter and 375bhp 3.0-liter V6 petrol engines.
The Velar will commence sales in both markets soon. Plus, it won’t be long before a more ferocious Range Rover Velar SVR performance version with a mighty V8 engine makes its debut.