The Velar — a beautiful contradiction
Range Rover’s latest is a complete stunner
THE Oxford English Dictionary describes the word “oxymoron” as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction” — the best example of which I can think of is Naomi Campbell strutting her stuff in a Milan catwalk wearing a designer dress whilst spotting Timberlands … get it? The new Velar from Range Rover Mzansi gets a “heart-beat pausing” design with offroad abilities akin to Range Rover products.
How does one describe the Velar design without resorting to x-rated words and sounds? I mean Velar drivers will cause traffic chaos with people either wanting to see it close-up or others wanting to take selfies next to it. Take a look at the picture (which doesn’t do half the justice to how it looks in the metal), but be careful not to make sounds that might need a 21-year age restriction.
The design fuses sexy lines from the Evoque with the executive lines of the Range Rover “Big Body” but in an execution unique to the Velar. Matrix-Laser LED lights with signature LED daytime lights are offered. The side profile is dominated by the floating, sloping rear roofline with alloys ranging in size from 18 to 22 inches, depending on spec. Body flush door handles pop out when the vehicle is unlocked. S, SE and HSE spec are offered with each getting an option of an R-Dynamic design. There is also a First Edition model available at launch, which gets unique design enhancements.
The interior sees a noticeable change for Range Rover with a modern layout infused with traditional high-quality materials and soft leather. The fiveseat interior is spacious and practical with a classnitely leading luggage compartment volume of 673 litres. Add in the Panoramic roof and the interior lighting package and you have an interior worthy of long journeys. The tablet-like Touch Pro Duo features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind hidden-until-lit surfaces and protrudes nicely from the centre-console. Controls for the climate control and terrain response are now digital. Heads-up-display, digital speedo screen, heated/cooled multiadjustable electric seats finished in fine leather leave no doubt as to the Velar’s class. The multi -peaker and subwoofer Meridian Sound will defi- please sound clarity purists.
A range of diesel and petrol engines are offered as per spec and performance claims below:
All engines are matched to smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive with intelligent driveline dynamics. 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. The Velar has been designed to major in ride comfort (air suspension), agility and dynamics (torque vectoring and adaptive dynamics suspension) with class-leading off-road capability (terrain response, low-traction launch, active rear-locking diff and hill descent control).
The lightweight architecture enhances dynamics especially when it comes to change of direction. On the test route, the Velar has a perfect balance between ride comfort and dynamic handling, largely due to the optional multi-adjustable air suspension.
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, the Velar integrates the latest safety technologies.
RECOMMENDED STARTING RETAIL PRICES:
Range Rover Velar 2.0D 132kW D180 R947 700 Range Rover Velar 2.0D 177kW D240 R1 010 400 Range Rover Velar 3.0D 221kW D300 R1 089 000 Range Rover Velar 2.0P 184kW P250 R947 700 Range Rover Velar 2.0P 221kW P300 R1 099 400 Range Rover Velar 3.0P 280kW P380 R1 099 400 All new Land Rover vehicles come with the Land Rover fiveyear care plan: a five-year/100 000 km service plan, a fiveyear/100 000 km maintenance plan and a five-year/100 000 km warranty, as standard.
The new Velar from Range Rover.