Ve­lar Un­veiled

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

De­signed to fit be­tween the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the new Range Rover Ve­lar of­fers lev­els of lux­ury, re­fine­ment, and all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity to ri­val all-com­ers in the mid­size SUV seg­ment.

The Ve­lar is ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect from a Range Rover, and it also looks the part with its bal­anced ex­te­rior de­sign, from its pow­er­ful pro­por­tions to its con­tin­u­ous waist­line that ta­pers to the rear. The in­te­rior projects a sense of el­e­gant sim­plic­ity, so­phis­ti­ca­tion, and re­fine­ment, with switches be­ing kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum to help cre­ate a calm sanc­tu­ary. The new Touch Pro Duo in­fo­tain­ment forms the cen­tre­piece of Ve­lar’s in­te­rior, and fea­tures two 10-inch high-def­i­ni­tion touch­screens be­hind hid­den-un­til-lit sur­faces. Apart from a serene in­te­rior, it’s also prac­ti­cal with class-lead­ing lug­gage com­part­ment vol­ume of 673 litres. Dou­ble-wish­bone front- and in­te­grallink rear sus­pen­sion pro­vides the per­fect ba­sis for ag­ile han­dling and no­table ride com­fort. The Ve­lar show­cases the lat­est safety tech­nolo­gies as it com­bines six airbags with a suite of ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, in­clud­ing Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with Queue As­sist.

The Ve­lar fea­tures a so­phis­ti­cated all-wheel drive sys­tem 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 ex­cep­tional all-ter­rain ca­pa­bil­ity, and the op­tional four-cor­ner air sus­pen­sion de­liv­ers class-lead­ing ground clear­ance and wad­ing depth. Ex­cel­lent per­for­mance comes from the range of six petrol and diesel pow­er­trains, all matched to a smooth-shift­ing ZF eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions and all-wheel drive with In­tel­li­gent Driv­e­line Dy­nam­ics. Chief among th­ese are the V6 diesel that de­liv­ers an ex­tra­or­di­nary 700Nm of torque, and the 280kw su­per­charged V6 petrol that ac­cel­er­ates from 0-100km/h in only 5.7 sec­onds and a top speed of 250km/h. Pric­ing from R947,700 to R 1,539,800 ex­clud­ing op­tional ex­tras.

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