Ve­lar is here in Aotearoa

Sunday Star-Times - - DRIVETIMES -

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.

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