Velar is here in Aotearoa
A remarkably short time after it was first revealed to the world, the new Range Rover Velar has made its debut in New Zealand.
Why so fast? Well, the Velar shares its platform and a lot of other underpinnings with the Jaguar F-Pace that has been here for a while now, so it was really a no-brainer that Land Rover would act fast.
The Velar is a remarkably sexy vehicle that is almost as long and wide as a Range Rover Sport, but with a considerably lower roofline.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) likes to claim the Velar is a model that fits in between the Evoque and Sport, but in reality it is a sleeker, lower, slightly smaller alternative to the Sport.
And the local pricing of the Velar confirms that, with pricing that starts above the Sports base price and tops out around similar levels for equivalent engined models.
The Velar comes to NZ initially in two different models: the Velar and the Velar R-Dynamic. Both can be had with a choice of a 221kW/700Nm 3.0-litre diesel turbo V6 or a 280kW/450Nm 3.0-litre petrol supercharged V6 for the same money, with both engines hooked up to an eightspeed automatic transmission.
The S kicks off the standard range at $134,900, with the SE costing $141,900. The HSE tops the range at $152,900.
The R-Dynamic is only available in SE ($146,850) and HSE ($157,850) guises.
Velar is road-friendly, but still feels like a proper Range Rover.