The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a different type of Land Rover, designed for modern times. Rather than presenting itself as a rugged and adventure-ready SUV, the Velar is an elegant, high-tech sports machine designed to attract customers, mostly German competitors. The Velar shares a platform with its corporate cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace, itself derived from the Jaguar XF sedan.
The vehicle is also equipped with LED headlights, an 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive. A pneumatic suspension and an active locking rear differential are available. The body structure is shared with the Jaguar F-Pace, as well as certain proportions. But the Velar has a look that is certainly distinct, one with pretty details like hidden door handles and, if you prefer, a blackened roof. The Velar’s sleek design also suggests the next generation of Land Rover vehicles, and that’s a look that’s certainly welcome. The Velar is still a Land Rover, however, and that means he has to be able to handle difficult things. Although not at the same level as Land Rover Discovery, the vehicle is available with Land Rover off-road driving aids.
Inside the Velar, the dashboard has a clean look with the latest Land Rover infotainment system that incorporates two 10-inch touch screens. The Velar inaugurates Land Rover’s new dual touch screen control system. Although it looks elegant and modern, we found it unnecessarily difficult, requiring additional steps to perform common tasks. The top screen is not so different from the current Jaguar / Land Rover offerings. It contains audio, phone and navigation functions. Although not the best organized screen, it’s manageable.
Not if you ask the engineers. Chief Engineer Rob Scott is at the forefront of the platform and engine sharing between Velar and the Jaguar F-Pace. Both are built on the same line at the Solihull, England plant, which gave birth to the Land Rover brand, now owned by the Jaguar Land Rover Group. The Velar is launched with six inline-four and V6 direct injection aluminum-intensive engines developed internally at JLR. For North America, two 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available: a 180 horsepower diesel engine or a 247 horsepower gasoline engine. The current high-end is the 380 hp supercharged V6 petrol engine that powers our fjord explorer.
The Velar will be on sale later this year, starting at $ 50,895, including the destination. Charge it and you’ll cut a check over $ 70,000 – enough to enter the Range Rover Sport.