Back in the late ‘60s, Land Rover created a fictional brand name – Velar – for the disguised prototypes of its first-ever Range Rover (a name derived from the Latin for ‘veil’) Almost fifty years later the name returns for a stunning new model designed for those who want a little more space than the Evoque can offer, without stretching all the way to Range Rover Sport territory.
For more information please contact Lancaster Land Rover in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, the Midlands and Kent today.
Velar comes with six airbags as well as a host of driver
assistance systems to ensure they never need to be deployed. These include
Advanced Emergency Brake Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor,
and Emergency Stop Signal. S models and up include Traffic Sign Recognition and
Adaptive Speed Limiter, while the HSE comes with the Drive Pack consisting of
Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and High-speed Emergency Braking.
All Velar models are all-wheel drive and as you’d expect of Land Rover, all perform very capably off-road. Standard features include All Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) and Torque Vectoring by Braking. Options include Electronic Air Suspension, All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Terrain Response 2 and an Active Rear Locking Differential. Wading depth, if you’re really keen to brave the floods, is an impressive 650mm. For drivetrains, you have a choice of two petrol engines, both based on a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine.
These are the P250 AND P300, with the model numbers denoting power output in metric horsepower. There’s a wider choice of diesels, starting with the D180 and D240, again both 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium designs. More powerful diesel options include two 3.0 litre V6 twin-turbocharged diesel engines developing 275 and 300Hp respectively. Most frugal is the entry-level D180 which achieves 42mpg; fastest is the petrol P300 which serves up a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. Highest torque, with 700Nm, is the D300 V6 diesel and this would be a great choice for towing or effortless cruising.
The uncluttered cabin space is almost button-free, thanks to the dual 10” touchscreens, one on the dash and the second below it on the centre console. The main driver displays are shown on the upper touchscreen, while the lower one takes care of air conditioning and off-road modes, but if you’re using the upper screen to display navigation the lower one can also access the multimedia infotainment systems. All models come with 8-way manual heated seats, and a 250W 8-speaker sound system, but as you progress upwards through the trim levels and price bands from the standard Velar through S, SE and HSE the list of standard features gets progressively longer.
S models have Navigation Pro, grained leather seats and a 380W Meridian sound system, and by the time you reach the heights of HSE you’ll have 20-way heated and cooled seats in Windsor leather with memory and massage function, plus a full 825W Meridian surround sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot and Matrix LED headlights among the highlights.
Design is one of the Velar’s strongest suits. It’s a supremely elegant vehicle, starting from the familiar Range Rover grille, through a flowing, continuous waistline, culminating in an elegantly tapered rear. Flush door handles that extend as you reach to enter are just some of the carefully thought-through details. It’s understated, modern and has no unnecessary flourishes or creases. Inside, it’s the same story; elegant simplicity, strong horizontal lines and a minimum of switchgear to mar the calm, upmarket ambience. Upholstery is in leather with the alternative of a specially developed textile that Land Rover calls Luxtec.
If you don’t need the seven-seat capability of the Land Rover Discovery but do crave more space than the Evoque, the Velar is the one for you. In price the top of the Velar range overlaps with the lower end of the Range Rover Sport, but its calm, near-silent cabin and avant-garde design will appeal to a different mindset altogether. In 2018 it was awarded the World Car Design of the Year, and in a crowded SUV marketplace it offers something unique.
|Unladen weight (DIN)||TBC|
|Max Torque||700Nm (516lb ft) @ 1,500 - 1,750rpm|
|Max Power||300PS (221kW) @ 4,000rpm|
|Acceleration||0-60mph/ 6.1 secs|
|Urban cycle||38.2 mpg|