Land Rover has filled the hole in their Range Rover SUV line-up with its stunning new Velar. The Velar is positioned between the entry-level Evoque and Range Rover Sport, due to arrive in the showroom before the end of 2017.
Land Rover admits the Velar is its most urbanised crossover with a focus on refined driving manners, introducing new technologies and creating a luxury and highly connected five-seater cabin. It doesn't, however, forego the company's bush-bashing credentials with an advanced all-wheel drive system supported by the latest in electronic driver aids and adaptable air suspension on high-end models.
It will be offered with a broad spectrum of model variants that will be defined by a choice of six engines across two distinct ranges - the luxury-focused Velar and sportier Velar R-Dynamic - and four levels of standard specifications.
The Velar's rakish style is amplified by its short front overhang and longer rear end while it is complemented by iconic Range Rover design cues such as the floating roof and strong shoulder line.
Its smooth body is showcased by slimline headlights (featuring laser high beams in range-topping variants), flush door handles that pop out of the car and a sloping rear roofline that is partially hidden by a roof-mounted spoiler, all of which combine to make the Velar the most aerodynamic Range Rover ever built.
The regular Velar will feature a more subtle front bumper, additional chromework embellishments and the signature floating roof while the Velar R-Dynamic has a more aggressive look with a sportier bumper, bonnet vents, copper highlights and a two-tone body with black roof. Both can be equipped with alloy wheels up to 22-inches in diameter, depending on specification.
The cabin is equally as stunning in its simplicity, with Range Rover's signature T-bar dash design introducing Land Rover's latest in digital technology. Not only does the instrument panel feature a 12.3-inch digital display that can be configured in multiple designs, but there is are two 10-inch colour screens in the centre of the dash that work in unison to control all multimedia, navigation, vehicle settings and ventilation controls.
Dubbed Touch Pro Duo, the top screen has a thin polycarbonate capacitive display that follows the curvature of the dash for a flush fit when the vehicle is switched off but flips forward when the ignition is activated.
That screen is used for the majority of multimedia functions while the second screen at the base of the dash houses ventilation and vehicle control settings such as the Terrain Response system.
The five-seater cabin features a "Sports-Command" driving position with a new split-rim steering wheel that features touch-sensitive controls, a TFT colour heads-up display, multicolour LED ambient lighting, optional four-zone climate control and generous rear leg and headroom.
Mechanically, the Velar will come with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 engines and have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic as standard.
The Velar will also be available with the latest in electronic driver aids for increased safety, including automated emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, automated parking assistance and a 360-degree camera. It can also feature a semi-automated reverse trailer function, called Advanced Tow Assist, that helps manoeuvre through difficult situations when fitted with a trailer. Even though the Velar is Range Rover's most road-biased vehicle, it still claims to have a maximum towing capacity of 2500kg.
Experience the Range Rover Velar in full virtual reality at Hunter Land Rover, Arnhem Close, Bennetts Green today.