Awards for I-Pace and Velar
Land Rover team wins with new off roader and electric concept
PRETORIA — The All-New Range Rover Velar has won the Best Brand Design Language prize at the Car Design Awards — the first industry recognition of its unprecedented glamour, modernity and elegance.
The Velar will go on sale in South Africa after September, with diesel and petrol engines — all with turbos — available in 4- or 6-cylinder configurations. All-wheel drive is standard fitment and even the entry level 2-litre makes 132 kW and 430 Nm.
The Jaguar I-Pace Concept electric performance SUV brought more success to Britain’s biggest car manufacturer, winning the Concept Car category. The awards, held at the Turin Motor Show by Auto & Design magazine, celebrate brands that have contributed significantly to the evolution of automotive design.
An international panel of journalists chooses winners in three categories: Concept Cars, Production Cars and Brand Design Language.
“It’s great to be recognised for the hard work and creative endeavour of the whole Land Rover team,” said Gerry McGovern, chief design officer, Land Rover.
“Velar is a true team effort and one that will continue the transformation of our business.”
Velar also took second place in the Production Cars category.
Designed to fill the white space between the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, Velar offers levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability never before seen in the mid-size SUV segment.
The Jaguar I-Pace Concept won the Best Concept Car category. One of the most visually arresting concepts ever produced by Jaguar, the electric performance SUV takes full advantage of the packaging freedom offered by electrification.
It previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace, which will be in South Africa next year.
“This award recognises that the Jaguar I-Pace Concept is a radical departure for electric vehicles,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design.
“It represents the next generation of battery electric vehicle design.
“It’s a dramatic, future-facing design — the product of authentic Jaguar DNA matched with beautiful, premium details and British craftsmanship,” Callum said in a statement.
The Range Rover Velar will launch in South Africa after spring. Designed to fill the white space between the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Evoque, the Velar offers levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability never before seen in the mid-size SUV segment.