Range Rover Ve­lar

From $70,300 plus ORC, lan­drover.com.au

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

What’s this? An SUV from the fu­ture?

While it may look like a con­cept car, this is ac­tu­ally the lat­est pre­mium SUV from Land Rover. The Range Rover Ve­lar is the most ad­vanced car the Bri­tish mar­que has de­signed. It’s packed with tech­nol­ogy in­side and looks su­per mod­ern out­side. There’s All Wheel Drive, In­tel­li­gent Driv­e­line Dy­nam­ics and Torque Vec­tor­ing by Brak­ing here, mak­ing your new ride a thrill.

Erm, how do you get in it?

You’ve no­ticed the lack of door han­dles? Yeah, they only de­ploy when needed – the rest of the time they’re flush with the body. Ve­lar is the most aero­dy­namic car Land Rover has made, and that im­proves its ef­fi­ciency. But we’re not here to talk about ef­fi­ciency – spec the Ve­lar with the right mo­tor (a 3.0-litre V6 Su­per­charged petrol en­gine) and it’ll be­come a rocket ship, ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0-100km/h in 5.7 sec­onds.

And what hap­pens when you fi­nally get in­side then?

You’ll be greeted by Land Rover’s new Touch Pro Duo in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, com­pris­ing two ten-inch HD touch­screens. You can use th­ese two touch­screens, to­gether with an op­tional full-colour heads-up dis­play and op­tional In­ter­ac­tive Driver Dis­play, to si­mul­ta­ne­ously view and in­ter­act with mul­ti­ple fea­tures at once. For ex­am­ple, use the sat-nav on the up­per screen while pro­gram­ming a seat mas­sage on the lower screen.

It’ll look at home in Lon­don…

You’ll cer­tainly see the Ve­lar more around city cen­tres than cross­ing deserts, but with a rear lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial, ac­tive air sus­pen­sion and Ter­rain Re­sponse 2, the Ve­lar will find grip on most sur­faces.

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