The new Range Rover Velar has been revealed at Geneva. It takes its place between the Evoque and the Range Rover sport, priced from £44,830.
Land Rover has revealed a new addition to its Range Rover line-up at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, which is the firm’s answer to everything from the Porsche Macan to the BMW X6. Called the Velar, it’ll make its global debut in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show next week, before hitting Land Rover showrooms early this summer.
When it arrives on sale it’ll be the fourth car in the Range Rover line-up, bridging the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. For reference, the Velar’s 4,803mm length means its five centimetres shorter than the Sport, though at its tallest point its only 5mm taller than the Evoque. While the roofline isn’t as coupe shaped as rivals like the BMW X6, it is in effect the brand’s coupe model, sporting a considerably more rakish look compared to other cars in the Range Rover line-up. However, in practice it is every bit as capacious as the likes of the Macan or even the Jaguar F-Pace.
It blends Evoque with more traditional full-size Range Rover styling elements, though it does introduce one or two all-new design traits. Horizontal taillights, as with the Evoque, are found at the rear, though the Velar’s units are slimmer and stretch across the width of the tailgate. Other design firsts include the recessed, pop-out door handles, leading to a much smoother side profile.
The boot is a decent shape too, and it boasts plenty of useful luggage hooks – although there is a noticeable lip to lift items over. The rear hatch is a conventional single-piece item, incidentally, without a drop-down or extendable ledge to sit on – but gesture control means it can at least be opened by waving a foot below the rear bumper. The boot capacity is 632 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1,731 with them lowered down; both of these sizes are comfortably clear of the space offered in a Macan.
New Range Rover Velar: engine details
Even at launch, the Velar will have a pretty wide line-up of engines. The most basic unit, available only with the lowest two trim levels, will be a four-cylinder diesel producing 178bhp and 430Nm of torque – enough for a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds, but CO2 emissions of just 142g/km. The same Ingenium motor is also offered across the wider range, with 237bhp and 500Nm, and CO2 emissions of 154g/km. Then there’s a V6 diesel with 296bhp and 700Nm; it can crack the 0-60mph dash in 6.1 seconds, but its CO2 emissions are more hefty 167g/km.
Land Rover will also offer the Velar with a choice of petrol engines, even in the diesel-focused UK. There’s a four-cylinder Ingenium unit producing 247bhp and 365Nm of torque, although its CO2 emissions of 173g/km mean it’s one for private buyers instead of company car choosers. This motor will also be offered later this year in a more potent spec, with 296bhp and 400Nm. The other petrol unit at launch is Jaguar Land Rover’s supercharged 3.0-litre V6; it has 375bhp and 450Nm of torque – although again, its CO2 emissions of 214g/km mean it’ll be a more expensive Velar to run than any of the diesels.
All Velars will be four-wheel drive, and all will get an eight-speed automatic transmission. All six-cylinder editions will get air suspension, too, but this will be an option for four-cylinder cars in higher trim levels; order one of these engines with the cheaper models and you will be restricted to coil springs only.
Range Rover Velar: spec and off-road ability
Land Rover says the Velar will be more capable off road than any of its rivals. Its approach angle can be up to 28.89 degrees, and its maximum wading depth on air suspension models is 650mm. The firm also claims it’ll be a useful towing vehicle, with a rated capacity of up to 2,500kg and Land Rover’s latest Tow Assists system to help with reversing manoeuvres.
The entry-level editions of the car, called Standard, get 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, keyless entry, a heated windscreen and LED headlights. S brings 19-inch alloys, the gesture-controlled tailgate, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.
SE steps up to 20-inch wheels and adds Matrix LED lights with high beam assist, a 360-degree parking aid, Land Rover’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 825W Meridian sound system. The range-topper, HSE, gets 21-inch alloys, Windsor leather seats with massage and climate function for front passengers, satin chrome trim, a power-adjustable steering column and adaptive cruise control with Queue Assist.
There’s also a trim level called R-Dynamic, which brings sporty-themed detailing, including satin grey-finish alloy wheels and bright-metal alloy pedals, along with a more aggressive front bumper design. And for the first year of the car’s life, there’s a First Edition, which adds more luxury on top of HSE spec, including a 1,600W sound system and 22-inch alloy wheels. It’s available with the V6 petrol only, though.
Land Rover is also offering the Velar with an alternative seat fabric for those who don’t want leather; developed in conjunction with Kvadrat and available as part of an Interior Premium Textile Pack, the new seat covering mixes wool-blend textiles with a Suedecloth insert that’s made from recycled plastic bottles.
Range Rover Velar: prices and on sale date
Land Rover believes the Velar can fill a useful gap in its pricing structure. Four-cylinder diesel editions will cost from £44,830 – almost £15,000 more than the most basic Evoque, but only about £5,000 up on the average transaction price for the smaller car.
The Velar itself will be about £15k cheaper than the entry-level Range Rover Sport, too – but it’s worth noting that the entry point is for the 176bhp diesel in Standard trim only; if you want to get close to matching the performance of even the most modest Macan, the £43,500 model that has 249bhp, you’ll need a Velar S D240, which costs £10,000 more, at £53,720.
The Velar will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Solihull, where it will go down the same production line as the Range Rover Sport and F-Pace. Land Rover is taking orders now, and the first UK customers should get their cars from July.