THE new fourth member of the Range Rover line-up, the mid-sized Velar, will
have an entry price below the most affordable Jaguar F-Pace when it arrives in
Australian showrooms in December.
It also will have at least two variants more expensive than the top-most
F-Pace, to which the Velar is closely related under the skin.
Revealed overnight at London’s Design Museum ahead of its formal debut at next
week’s Geneva motor show, the five-door, five-seat luxury SUV will have an
Australian starting price of $70,300 plus on-road costs for a base cloth-seat
four-cylinder diesel version – more than $4000 cheaper than the F-Pace 20d
But while Jaguar’s most luxurious version of its all-wheel-drive wagon tops
out at $120,415 for the special launch edition F-Pace 35t, a similar first
edition variant of the Velar will soar to $167,600.
Sitting above the usual range topper (the Velar V6 HSE that will sell for
$135,400), this special edition V6 Velar will come with full leather interior
trim, 1600-Watt Meridian Signature sound system, matrix-laser LED headlights
and 22-inch split-spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.
Jaguar Land Rover Australia has confirmed the newcomer will come in a whopping
42 flavours – counting all variants and option packs – when the new model lands
in Australia before Christmas.
As we have reported, the Velar slots into the Range Rover line-up between the
Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, in what parent company Land Rover calls
“white space” in the range.
It claims the new model will attract a new type of customer to the brand.
Although some British publications speculated that the Velar would be a
coupe-style SUV to take on the likes of the BMW X6, the new Range Rover is very
much a wagon, and a smooth one at that.
As with other Range Rovers, the Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core ranges will come
in Standard, S, SE or HSE specifications.
Built on a lightweight aluminium monocoque platform shared with F-Pace, Velar –
a name taken from the Latin velare, meaning to veil or cover, that was
the development code name for the original Range Rover in the 1960s – boasts a
long 2874mm wheelbase that Land Rover says delivers exceptional cabin space and
558 litres of luggage room with the split-fold rear seat in the upright
Six powertrains will be on offer, all hooked up to ZF’s eight-speed automatic
transmission. No V8 has been mentioned, nor a hybrid.
Four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines will come in 132kW and 177kW variants,
both with 500Nm of torque.
A new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine delivering 184kW is said to power
the Velar from zero to 100km/h 6.7 seconds. An even more powerful 221kW version
of this engine will join the Velar range later in the year.
The 3.0-litre V6 diesel produces 700Nm of torque, while the range-topping 280kW
supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine can achieve a 5.7-second 0-100km/h dash.
All Velars will be fitted with an all-wheel-drive powertrain with an active
locking rear differential. Range Rover says this setup not only delivers
world-class all-terrain capability but also maximum driver engagement on the
Air suspension will be a standard fixture on the V6 variants, while all steel
spring variants will get multi-mode adaptive suspension. Ground clearance of
the air suspension Velars is a handy 251mm, while the others can clear 213mm
The wading depth is said to be class leading at 650mm for the air suspension
and 600mm for the others.
Wheels range between 18 inch for the base variants, up to 22 inch for the
The British company is making much of the Velar’s styling, which it describes
as compelling in its simplicity and “born from reductionism”.
Wind-cheating items such as flush door handles and slim headlights contribute
to a low 0.32 coefficient of drag, making it the most aero Range Rover ever
A unique feature is the “burnished copper” trim on items such as front air vent
flutes as an alternative to chrome or matte black.
If the press kit is any guide, a big selling point will be a new infotainment
system – called Touch Pro Duo – that Land Rover says breaks new ground in both
sophistication of operation and simplicity of use.
The system sits behind two 10-inch touchscreens with “secret-until-lit”
surfaces that Jaguar Land Rover’s connectivity director Peter Virk describes as
“your window on the world”.
“The connected infotainment system learns from you and anticipates your needs,
serving you what you want, when you want it – but never intrudes letting you
enjoy the drive, while it takes the stress out of daily life, like any good
butler or digital personal assistant should,” he said.
Off-road capability is enhanced with new versions of Land Rover’s traction
technologies, including Terrain Response 2, All Terrain Progress Control, Low
Traction Launch, Hill Descent Control and Gradient Release Control.
Safety technologies include autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian
detection, rear cross traffic alert and driver drowsiness alert.