The Range Rover Velar‘s Malaysian introduction is just around the corner, with Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia promising a Q2 2018 launch late last year. The design-led Range Rover, announced in August last year for Thailand, is on display at the 2018 Bangkok Motor Show and we’ve compiled a gallery for you.

Here in the Land of Smiles, the Velar is available with a single engine, and in three trim levels. The motor in question is the base Ingenium 2.0 litre diesel engine with 180 PS and 430 Nm of torque. The four-cylinder is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

Elsewhere, a 240 PS version of the above engine is available, along with two 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines (250 PS and 300 PS), a 3.0 litre V6 diesel (300 PS/700 Nm) and a 380 PS supercharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol.

The Velar can be had with four-corner air suspension (for 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 was designed to fill the “white space” between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It is unmistakably a modern Land Rover product, but the 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.

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 LR 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 60 GB 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.

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.

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.

In Thailand, three trim levels are available – the 5.999 million baht (RM740,706) S, the 6.499 million baht (RM802,442) R-Dynamic and the 6.999 million baht (RM864,178) HSE.

The car you see here with the black grille, black multi-spoke wheels and sportier front/rear bumpers is the R-Dynamic, which also has an all-black cabin theme as opposed to the S’ two-tone interior. Both S and R-Dynamic Velars roll on 21-inch wheels. The HSE comes with 22-inch wheels and adds on luxuries such as a Meridian Surround Sound system, Matrix LED headlamps, ventilated seats with massage, and adaptive cruise control with auto emergency braking, among other things.