The Land Rover product line will soon expand to six models when the 2018 Range Rover Velar, a midsize SUV, arrives later this year. Positioned between the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the five-seat Velar should help solidify the British marque’s poshttp://land-rover/range-rover-sportition in the luxury SUV segment.
With standard all-wheel drive, the Velar becomes the fourth Range Rover model and will emphasize its on-road sportiness over its off-road capabilities. European models such as the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace are named among the vehicles to cross shop here.
Contemporary Design Language
Like the smaller Evoque, the Velar offers a contemporary take on the timeless Range Rover design. Its strong stance is marked by an aerodynamic grille with edgy details, a coupe-like and rounded-off roofline, flush fitting and deployable door handles, and narrow vents. It is the cleanest and most aerodynamic Land Rover model yet, even more abstract than the Evoque.
Inside, the cabin seems large with room for five and standard cargo space behind the second-row seat measuring a generous 23.7 cubic feet (61.1 cubic feet when the second row is folded flat).
You’ll find the expected choice Land Rover treatments throughout the cabin, including leather and a new “textile seat material” that offers an alternative to leather. The big news, however, is Land Rover’s all-new InControl infotainment system, known as Touch Pro Duo. It features a pair of high-definition 10-inch touch screens. The system offers tablet-like management, and it responds to touch, pinch and swipe gestures. Further, you’ll find just four knobs in the center console, a dramatic departure from the more than two dozen knobs, switches and buttons found in earlier Land Rover models.
Trim Choices, Including a First Edition Model
Six trim choices are available, with prices excluding a $995 destination charge. The standard Velar starts at $49,900, followed by S ($54,700), R-Dynamic SE ($60,100), SE ($67,400), R-Dynamic HSE ($67,600), and a First Edition model ($90,295).
Standard equipment includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, 10-way power front seats covered in simulated leather material, dual-zone climate control and a 250-watt, eight-speaker audio system.
The options are many and include larger wheels, additional LED treatments and heated, power-folding side mirrors with approach lights. A rearview camera and climate-controlled front seats with ventilation and massage are also offered.
Three Powertrain Choices
Three powertrain choices accompany the 2018 Velar, with each mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. A 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, providing the Velar with a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds.
A 177-horsepower, turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine is available and offers a 0-to-60 mph time of 8.4 seconds. Offering top performance is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 380 horsepower. That engine propels the Velar from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. It also provides a tow rating of 5,512 pounds and comes with a standard air suspension system.
An optional active rear locking differential and hill descent control can also be had.
Land Rover’s Expanding Product Line
Land Rover’s product line will soon match the SUV lineup of far larger competitors, including Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. Prices range from just under $40,000 for the Land Rover Discovery Sport to $200,000 for the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase.
As for the 2018 Velar, it fills the white space between two Range Rover products, giving luxury shoppers yet another choice to consider in a hot segment.