2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, March 03, 2017
- Five-passenger SUV based on same platform and powertrains as the Jaguar F-Pace
- Slots into Range Rover lineup between Evoque and Sport models
- Standard, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE, and First Edition model series
- Turbocharged 4-cylinder in gas or diesel; supercharged V6
- 8-speed automatic transmission; standard all-wheel drive
- 23.7 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind rear seat; 61.1 cu.-ft. maximum
- Priced from about $50,000
- On sale by end of summer, 2017
Jaguar and Land Rover go together like peanut butter and chocolate, Texas and barbecue, or Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. They’re both iconic British brands, they’re both owned by the same Indian conglomerate, and increasingly they’re both sharing pieces and parts with one another.
Take, for example, the brand new 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. It’s basically a Jaguar F-Pace wrapped in Range Rover design. Land Rover says the new 2018 Range Rover Velar will go on sale by the end of the summer of 2017, and prices start at just under $50,000.
That price is not a typo, and given the styling, the image, and the potential for performance, it represents a compelling value.
Of course, Land Rover offers a long list of upgrades to make the Velar look even better. From paint, including a contrasting roof color, to wheel designs and sizes ranging from 18 to 22 inches in diameter, the Range Rover Velar offers plenty of opportunity for personalization. Several exterior trim packages are available, too.
Also, note the flush-mounted door handles, which deploy for use when necessary.
As is true of the exterior, the Velar’s interior is offered in multiple colors, upholsteries, trim finishes, and headliners.
Leather is standard, with a premium grade of leather supplying a softer and suppler look and feel. If you’d rather not get leather, premium textile seat upholstery in Dapple Gray is an option, complete with simulated suede bolsters.
A 5-passenger SUV, the Velar’s rear seat is a 40/20/40-split folding design for maximum utility. The cargo area holds 23.7 cu.-ft. of luggage behind rear seats. Fold them for up to 61.1 cu.-ft. of cargo space.
Among the Range Rover Velar’s options, buyers can choose configurable ambient lighting, a 4-zone climate control system, a locking cooled glove box, and front seats with up to 20-way power adjustment as well as heating, cooling, and massage functions.
A panoramic sunroof is also available, bathing the cabin in natural light. Optional LED headlights with automatic high-beam assist illuminate the way forward.
Under the Hood:
Velar buyers have a choice between three engines. The standard power plant is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 247 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the Velar’s 4,217-pound curb weight, Land Rover says this engine gets the SUV to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
For greater efficiency, try the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine. It makes 177 hp and a significant 317 lb.-ft. of torque, motivating the 4,358-pound Velar diesel to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.
The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine cranks out 296 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, but is these versions also weight over 4,400 lbs. It takes 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Every Velar is equipped with Torque-on-Demand AWD with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics and brake-supplied torque vectoring. Terrain Response technology calibrates the engine, transmission, center differential, and chassis to specific types of driving surfaces, and Land Rover offers an upgraded Terrain Response 2 version of the system as well as All Terrain Progress Control. Standard equipment also includes Low Traction Launch, Hill Launch Assist, and Hill Descent Control systems.
Available Configurable Dynamics tailors the throttle, transmission, steering, and suspension for specific types of driving, and supercharged models can be fitted with an Active Rear Locking Differential. An Adaptive Dynamics suspension is standard, and an available air suspension with Automatic Access Height adjustment makes it easier to get into and out of the Velar.
Land Rover equips each Range Rover Velar with a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, a lane departure warning system, and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking that works at speeds up to 50 mph.
By upgrading to a higher trim or adding optional equipment packages, the SUV offers a more sophisticated automatic emergency braking system along with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, blind spot assist, rear cross-traffic detection, drowsy driver monitoring, and a 360-degree surround view camera system.
With the new Velar, Land Rover debuts InControl Touch Pro Duo, which employs two high-definition 10-inch displays and what Land Rover calls a “technology butler.” According to the company, the system learns your preferences and anticipates your needs, taking some of the stress out of daily life “like any good butler or digital personal assistant should.”
Because it allows the driver to view different features at the same time, this setup, according to Land Rover, “makes the in-car technology experience clearer, quicker, and more enjoyable.” A navigation system is included, along with trial subscriptions to various InControl applications and services. Highlights include remote lock/unlock, remote engine starting, a vehicle finder, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an iGuide virtual owner’s manual, and more.
The infotainment system can be paired with Meridian premium audio systems, and an available rear seat entertainment system equips the Velar with dual 8-inch rear display screens, dual USB 3.0 ports, two sets of connected headphones, a wireless remote, and an HDMI and Mobile HD Link connection.
Additional tech-related upgrades include a full-color heads-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation screen, a semi-autonomous parking assist system, and a towing assist system that allows the driver to “steer” the trailer while software steers the SUV.
Velar owners pursuing active lifestyles will like the “Activity Key,” a waterproof wristband that provides access to the vehicle so that when you are engaged in outdoor activities you can leave the key fob locked up inside of the SUV.