Range Rover de­buts its all-new Ve­lar

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

The lux­ury SUV was cre­ated in 1970 when Land Rover launched the orig­i­nal Range Rover. Al­most half a cen­tury later, that spirit of in­no­va­tion con­tin­ues with the in­tro­duc­tion of the fourth mem­ber of the Range Rover fam­ily.

El­e­gant sim­plic­ity, a vis­ually re­duc­tive ap­proach and pi­o­neer­ing con­sumer tech­nol­ogy are the hall­marks of the new Range Rover Ve­lar. The Range Rover Ve­lar brings a new di­men­sion of glam­our, moder­nity and ele­gance to the Range Rover fam­ily. De­signed to fill the white space be­tween the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Ve­lar of­fers lev­els of lux­ury, re­fine­ment and all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity never be­fore seen in the mid-size SUV seg­ment. This is a new type of Range Rover for a new type of cus­tomer.

Cre­ated from a clean sheet us­ing Jaguar Land Rover’s Light­weight Alu­minium Ar­chi­tec­ture, the Ve­lar rep­re­sents the next chap­ter of the Range Rover suc­cess story. Ve­lar is de­fined by a vis­ually re­duc­tive ap­proach and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to pre­ci­sion in ev­ery de­tail, which evolves Range Rover DNA and pre­views the next gen­er­a­tion of Range Rover ve­hi­cles.

Ve­lar’s de­sign is beau­ti­fully bal­anced, from its pow­er­ful pro­por­tions to its con­tin­u­ous waist line through to the taut ta­pered lines of the rear. The gen­er­ous wheel­base con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to its ele­gance while help­ing pro­vide a spa­cious in­te­rior.

“Ve­lar is now the com­pelling, stand-out de­sign in the class, show­cas­ing per­fectly op­ti­mised vol­ume, pow­er­ful, taut sur­faces and a stun­ning sil­hou­ette,” said Gerry McGovern, chief de­sign of­fi­cer, Land Rover.

The large al­loy wheels, in par­tic­u­lar the range of 22-inch de- signs, op­ti­mise the ve­hi­cle’s stun­ning sil­hou­ette, while fur­ther en­hanc­ing Ve­lar’s dra­matic pres­ence.

Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy is piv­otal to the con­tem­po­rary de­sign: The full-LED head­lights are the most slen­der ever to ap­pear on a pro­duc­tion Land Rover ve­hi­cle. The flush de­ploy­able door han­dles em­pha­sise Ve­lar’s re­duc­tive, sculp­tured form and con­trib­ute to the low drag co­ef­fi­cient of only 0.32. This is the most aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient Land Rover ever pro­duced.

Look in­side Ve­lar’s in­te­rior and you will see el­e­gant sim­plic­ity, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and re­fine­ment. An un­wa­ver­ing be­lief in re­duc­tion­ism has been fully em­ployed, with switches be­ing kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum to help cre­ate a calm sanc­tu­ary.

De­sign en­abling tech­nol­ogy has been en­gaged fully to cre­ate the new Touch Pro Duo in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which is the cen­tre­piece of Ve­lar’s in­te­rior. Touch Pro Duo fea­tures two ten- inch high-def­i­ni­tion touch­screens in­te­grated seam­lessly be­hind se­cret-un­til-lit sur­faces. These slim, in­tu­itive dis­plays work in har­mony with the cabin ar­chi­tec­ture while adding an over­all sense of moder­nity con­gru­ent with the ve­hi­cle’s ex­te­rior de­sign. All of this is equalled by the Ve­lar’s prac­ti­cal­ity: Lug­gage com­part­ment vol­ume is an im­pres­sive 673l.

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 high­qual­ity de­sign tex­tiles and is com­ple­mented with Suede­cloth in­serts in Ebony or Light Oys­ter.

The light, stiff, alu­minium-in­ten­sive body, to­gether with dou­ble-wish­bone front and In­te­gral Link rear sus­pen­sion pro­vides the per­fect ba­sis for ag­ile han­dling, su­pe­rior ride com­fort and out­stand­ing re­fine­ment. It also de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional lev­els of crash pro­tec­tion, and the Ve­lar has been de­vel­oped to meet the most de­mand­ing crash test reg­u­la­tions world­wide.

Com­bined with a com­pre­hen­sive re­straints sys­tem that in­cludes six airbags and a suite of ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing, Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with Queue As­sist and an Adap­tive Speed Limiter, the Ve­lar in­te­grates the lat­est safety tech­nol­ogy.

The Ve­lar fea­tures a so­phis­ti­cated all-wheel drive sys­tem, four-cor­ner air sus­pen­sion, class-lead­ing ground clear­ance of 251mm (213mm with coil springs), class-lead­ing wad­ing depth of 650mm (600mm with coil springs) and Land Rover’s un­matched suite of trac­tion tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing Ter­rain Re­sponse 2 and All Ter­rain Progress Con­trol. The Ve­lar, like all Range Rovers, of­fers world­class all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity.

The Ve­lar will be pro­duced at the com­pany’s Soli­hull pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity, UK.

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