Ve­lar: What’s all the hype about?

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - THE CAR GUIDE - BY SYL­VAIN RAY­MOND WWW.GUIDEAUTOWEB.COM

Gabriel Géli­nas of The Car Guide re­cently had the chance to at­tend the world de­but of the 2018 Range Rover Ve­lar at a pri­vate func­tion in London. And to be hon­est, we were sur­prised by how much in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle gen­er­ated on our site.

But there’s no deny­ing that the au­tomaker’s ef­forts are start­ing to pay off. Not only are there more prod­ucts, but re­li­a­bil­ity and—im­por­tantly—af­ford­abil­ity are bet­ter too.

The Ve­lar is Range Rover’s fourth model. It’s po­si­tioned just over the Evoque for size and price. The Range Rover Sport and Range Rover clas­sic still crown the line of Land Rover lux­ury SUVS. The Ve­lar starts at $62,000, but ex­pect to fork out $95,000 for the First Edi­tion, an ex­clu­sive model built in cel­e­bra­tion of the ve­hi­cle’s ar­rival and only avail­able this year. It comes with nearly all the avail­able equip­ment and there are three ex­clu­sive colours for the ve­hi­cle body.

The Jaguar F-PACE’S kiss­ing cousin

Land Rover was one of the first man­u­fac­tur­ers to make wide­spread use of alu­minum for their ve­hi­cle bod­ies, a strat­egy that was ap­plied to the Ve­lar. In fact, it has the same struc­ture as the Jaguar F-PACE. Its style el­e­ments are drawn from other mod­els—es­pe­cially at the rear—but it fea­tures a unique float­ing roof and rounded edges. They wanted to give it a coupe-like look, but the ef­fect is not as ex­treme as on the BMW X4 or Mercedes-benz GLC Coupe.

Two driv­e­trains are avail­able, in­clud­ing a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel that gen­er­ates 180 horse­power and a note­wor­thy 317 lb.-ft. of torque. For ex­tra juice, there’s the su­per­charged 3.0-litre V6 with 380 horse­power. Good news: All­wheel drive isn’t op­tional, but in­cluded on all ver­sions.

The most spec­tac­u­lar as­pect of the Ve­lar is its cabin. The dash­board is sleek, sim­ple and ul­tra-mod­ern thanks to two fully in­te­grated screens to con­trol all on­board sys­tems. The in­te­rior ex­udes lux­ury be­yond any­thing of­fered by the com­pe­ti­tion.

If you’ve never con­sid­ered buy­ing a Range Rover, maybe you should stop in a show­room and just have a peek.

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