New Range Rover Velar
Land Rover recently added a new model to the Range Rover product range, the Velar to fill the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Before we start, the Velar name is derived from the original Range Rover prototype of 1969. Unlike the other Range Rover models, the Velar is designed in terms of the reductionism approach. This involves simplifying the design by removing all unnecessary elements.
Thanks to the new design approach, you can feel the luxury, both in the exterior and in the interior. The new design approach involves improved attention to detail and has created a new level of luxury design for the Range Rover products.
The new centre console of the Velar is totally new to the Range Rover family. The control buttons of the centre console are replaced with touch sensors and offer a seamless view. In addition, the rest of the Velar instrument panel is totally new as far as Range Rover is concerned. Both the navigation screen and the instrument panel offer high-resolution screens. The instrument panel now offers more comprehensive detail, enabling the driver to interact with a more dynamic screen layout.
Even although the Velar is positioned below the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover, the interior and the exterior design experience offer a more luxurious approach than with others in the Range Rover family. This is a true reflection of the Range Rover’s future design approach and a sneak preview of the upcoming facelift for the other models.
Another important improvement is the Matrix LED laser lights. Until now, Range Rovers were offered with xenon headlights and LED and laser headlights were unique to the German brands. With the Velar, it is not a privilege anymore. The matrix LED laser headlights of the Velar reach up to 550-metres.
The engine options of the Velar are limited to four-cylinder and V6 in terms of both petrol and diesel engines. Unfortunately, with the Velar, Land Rover did not offer a V8 option. This can be explained by the emission regulations, the need for weight reduction and the competition. At the moment, German SUVs are moving away from the V8 engine. The Volvo XC90 is only offered with a four-cylinder option. We can clearly see that Land Rover is planning to be a key player in the market with the introduction of the Velar, and follows the rules of the market.
All engines options are coupled with the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a locking torque converter and a central differential lock. For a serious off-road experience, the rear locking differential will be optional with the V6 engines only. Even though the Velar is positioned below the Range Rover Sport, air suspension is still an option.
For off-road use the traditional Land Rover technologies are available. Terrain Response 2, All Terrain Progress Control, Low Traction Launch, Hill Descent Control and Gradient Release Control are all available.
Thanks to the weight saving strategy and the full aluminium body, the Velar’s weight is between 1.8 – 1.9 tonnes, depending on the engine size. This is a serious weight reduction when the previous generation of Range Rovers were pushing the limits of 2.8-tonne!
Driving assistance and pre-crash systems are also offered with the Velar. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Condition Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reverse Traffic Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
Overall, the Range Rover Velar is the new path for the future of Range Rover models. From the design approach to the engine options, we can see Land Rover’s future approach and the company’s ambition to increase the competition in the market. Like the Evoque, the Velar will definitely change the rules of the game and capture a serious market share of the SUV segment.
|2.0L D180||2.0L D240||3.0L D300||2.0L P250||3.0L P380|
|Layout / No. of cylinders / valves||In-Line 4 Cylinder /|
|In-Line 4 Cylinder /|
|Vee 6 Cylinder / 24 Valves||In-Line 4 Cylinder /|
|Longitudinal / V6 / 24|
Quad cam DIVCT (Dual Independent Variable Cam Timing)
|Acceleration 0-60 mph: sec||8.4||6.8||6.1||6.4||5.3|
|Top speed: mph||130 *||135||150||135||155|
|EU – Combined: ltr/100 km (mpg)||5.4 (52.5)||5.8 (48.7)||6.4 (44.1)||7.6 (37.2)||9.4 (30.1)|
|CO2 – Combined: g/km||142||154||167||173||214|
|Length (inc. number plate plinth): mm||4,803||4,803||4,803||4,803||4,803|
|Vehicle width (excluding mirrors): mm||1,930||1,930||1,930||1,930||1,930|
|Max height: mm||1,665||1,665||1,665||1,665||1,665|
|Front Overhang (inc. number plate plinth): mm||834||834||834||834||834|
|Rear Overhang: mm||1,089||1,089||1,089||1,089||1,089|
|Ground clearance: mm||213 (coil suspension)||213 (coil suspension)||251 (air suspension)||213 (coil suspension)||251 (air suspension)|
|Wading Depth: mm||600 (coil suspension)||600 (coil suspension)||650 (air suspension)||600 (coil suspension)||650 (air suspension)|
|Approach Angle: deg||24.5 (coil suspension)||24.5 (coil suspension)||24.3 (air suspension)||24.5 (coil suspension)||24.3 (air suspension)|
|Maximum Departure angle:: deg||27 (coil suspension)||26.5 (air suspension)||26.5 (air suspension)||27 (coil suspension)||26.5 (air suspension)|
|Ramp Breakover Angle (to exhaust): deg||20.3 (coil suspension)||20.1 (air suspension)||20.1 (air suspension)||20.3 (coil suspension)||20.1 (air suspension)|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): kg||2,490||2,510||2,610||2,470||2,550|
*120mph (193kph) with 18″ wheels fitted
Photo Credit / Land Rover