New Range Rover Velar sits between Evoque, RR Sport

New Range Rover Velar sits between Evoque, RR Sport

This is the new Range Rover Velar. The latest Range Rover’s reason for existence might not be crystal clear, so we’ll start with that. Jaguar Land Rover says that the Velar was designed to fill “the white space” between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, and that it’s a “new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer.” It brings a new dimension of glamour and elegance to the Range Rover family, the company says.

Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern tells Autocar that the Velar is “the most car-like Range Rover we’ve done so far, but just as capable.” They’re going after the Porsche Macan with this road-biased one (for Land Rover standards), which shares size and tech with the Jaguar F-Pace. Style and features are main selling points. Of course, one can argue that rich folk these days buy Range Rovers without using an inch of its off-road capabilities.

It is unmistakably a modern Land Rover product, but the Range Rover Velar is defined by what JLR calls a “visually reductive approach” and attention to detail. The designers highlight the SUV’s visual balance, powerful proportions, generous 2,874 mm wheelbase (Evoque 2,660 mm, RR Sport 2,923 mm) and taut tapered lines of the rear. Large alloys – those you see here are 22-inch items – enhance the Velar’s presence. No disputing the presence of this one – see the video below.

New Range Rover Velar sits between Evoque, RR Sport

Headlining details include full LED headlights (the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover, segment-first Matrix-Laser LED headlights available) and the flush deployable door handles, a Range Rover-first. The latter emphasises the Velar’s reductive, sculptured form and contributes to the low drag coefficient of Cd 0.32 – this is the most aerodynamic Land Rover ever.

Inside, the Velar doesn’t depart from the LR style template, but that “reduction” approach is clear, with switches being kept to an absolute minimum. The centrepiece is the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system featuring two 10-inch touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind “secret-until-lit” surfaces. They are complemented by two rotary controllers and a row of capacitive switches. The system is powered by an Intel quad-core processor and a high-speed 60GB solid-state drive.

The thin capacitive polycarbonate screens also control Terrain Response, which eliminates the traditional dial and hard buttons. Besides a clean look, it creates extra space in the centre console. The rotary transmission controller rises silently from the centre console on start-up.

New Range Rover Velar sits between Evoque, RR Sport

The instrument panel can be two analogue dials and MID in between, or a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display digital panel, depending on trim level. There’s also a full-colour head-up display and capacitive steering wheel switches that benefit from situation-based options.

Versatility is not forgotten. Boot volume is 632 litres, expandable to 1,731 litres. The 40:20:40 rear seats feature a ski-flap, and there are remote seat release levers and a gesture-controlled (kick) power tailgate option. The Activity Key option – a waterproof, shockproof wristband with integrated transponder – allows customers to enjoy outdoor pursuits without having to carry the standard key fob.

Unique in the segment, the Velar offers a sustainable, premium textile seat material as an alternative to leather. The Dapple Grey material was developed together with Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles, and is complemented with Suedecloth inserts in Ebony or Light Oyster. Of course, Windsor Leather is available, along with 17- and 23-speaker Meridian audio systems.

Four-cylinder Ingenium 2.0L diesels are offered in 180 PS and 240 PS variants. They are joined by the new 2.0L four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine which delivers 250 PS and 0-100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds. A 300 PS version of this engine will join the Velar range later in 2017. There’s also a 3.0L V6 diesel (300 PS/700 Nm) and 380 PS supercharged 3.0L V6 petrol. The latter has a “unique soundtrack” and a 0-100 km/h time of 5.7 seconds.

All engines are matched to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. The Velar features four-corner air suspension (available on six-pot models), class-leading ground clearance of up to 251 mm (213 mm with coil springs), wading depth of up to 650 mm (600 mm with coil springs) and Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control. The latter two are optional.

The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core range comprises Standard, S, SE or HSE specifications. Customers can also specify Black and Luxury Exterior Packs.

New Range Rover Velar sits between Evoque, RR Sport

There’s a First Edition that will be available worldwide, strictly for one model year only. Even more luxurious than the HSE spec, it’s powered solely by the 3.0 litre V6 petrol and diesel engines and features many extra features as standard, including full extended leather interior trim to complement the perforated Windsor leather seats, 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System, Matrix-Laser LED headlights and 22-inch Split-Spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.

Exterior paint colours for the First Edition are Corris Grey, Silicon Silver, and Flux Silver – a unique satin finish exclusive to the First Edition – which will be hand-sprayed at JLR Special Vehicle Operations’ Oxford Road Technical Centre in the UK.

The Range Rover Velar will be produced at the company’s Solihull factory in the UK. It goes on sale in July.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • In the words of Capt Zapp Brannigan: “Velourrr….”

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  • yeast lump on Mar 02, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Proud of TATA of bharat

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  • seancorr (Member) on Mar 02, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Hmmm the 2.0 engine doesn’t sound right in a vehicle this size.

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  • donno on Mar 02, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    A very strange name for a car… What does it mean actually? There are better options like Virtue, Victor, Valor, Vectis etc etc

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  • A well executed no compromised approach by LR, beautiful in out, every surface, even the speaker grill looks special indeed,

    The most desirable product in its range…

    The design and proportions are so well executed, makes its rivals looks handicapped…

    LR will sell tonnes of these…..

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  • Awesome design, awesome car

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  • Now…

    RR > Volvo

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  • kunta brain on Mar 02, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    you are the most problematic brain in the world

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  • Wahh how you calculate to one million? Eh teach me your maths can or not?

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  • Robert Cheah on Mar 04, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hey, how much would the pricing be in Malaysia? thanks.

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  • Amelia on Mar 08, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Why put a door mirror folding function if it’s barely going to fold at all??

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  • This could be a game changer for Range Rover Malaysia. A premium SUV which doesn’t look smallish but simultaneously weighs less than 1.9 tons. Less wear and tear for tires and brake pads. A head-ache for SUV owners. Air suspension should provide very confortable drives while the exterior looks both suitably sporty and classy. If pricing for 2.0 litre version is low enough, the ensuing larger sales volume in the Malaysian market would offset the margins for Range Rover Malaysia. Thereafter parts could be cheaper too.

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  • As it sit between the Evoque and RR Sport, the price would be a no-brainer. As the evoque priced at RM430K, I bet the Velar would be priced at RM520K. Its a shame as the car does look appealing and sexy.

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