Back in February, Land Rover announced that it would be unveiling a new model in March. This comes nearly half a century later, since Land Rover first launched the original Range Rover back in 1970. Today, that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, the all new Range Rover Velar.
This fourth Range Rover model fits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in size and price. Pivotal to the contemporary design of the Velar are the full LED headlights, flush deployable door handles, and available Burnished Copper detailing on the hood vents, front bumper blades, and fender vents.
The Range Rover Velar has a sophisticated four-corner suspension system, delivering peerless refinement with unrivalled comfort and control. In the U.S., three engines are offered at launch, including a 247HP 2.0-liter Ingenium gasoline engine, a 180HP 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel engine, and a potent 380HP supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine.
This is a lower, longer vehicle than its bigger and smaller Range Rover sisters, with a lower roof height and longer wheelbase relative to length. It’s 4,803mm long, on a 2,874mm wheelbase, 1,903mm wide and 1,665mm high, which is 245mm lower than the Range Rover. And while the marque has traditionally based its appeal on all-terrain authenticity, practically the Velar is a crossover and will compete against other conventional 4×4 estates and soft-roader/crossovers, so think BMW X5, Audi Q7 and A6 Allroad, Mercedes-Benz GLE-class Coupe and Volvo XC90/V90 4×4 Country.
Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. The Range Rover Velar changes everything.”
The base MSRP is starting at $49,900 USD.
The origin of the Velar name (pronounced vel-ar) dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes of the Sixties: the pioneers of the luxury SUV landscape.
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