Ve­lar gets tech up­dates, new en­gines, plug-in hy­brid

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LAND ROVER HAS boosted the ap­peal of the three-yearold Range Rover Ve­lar with an over­haul of its tech­nol­ogy, a re­newed en­gine range and its first plug-in hy­brid pow­er­train.

The pop­u­lar SUV hasn’t been changed ex­ter­nally, bar the ad­di­tion of three new paint colours and wheel de­signs. In­stead, the fo­cus has been on the cabin, with Land Rover’s new Pivi and Pivi Pro in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems added.

The dual-screen lay­out is un­changed, but the graph­ics are bet­ter, while the soft­ware is com­pletely over­hauled to be quicker and eas­ier to use. Of all func­tions, 90% can be ac­cessed with just two taps of the screen. And, due in part to a new elec­tri­cal ar­chi­tec­ture (part of the mild-hy­brid up­grades), the sat-nav is said to get ready in the time it takes to en­ter and start the car. There are also a host of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing a 360deg 3D sur­round-view cam­era.

The sys­tem of­fers free over-the-air soft­ware up­dates and can pre­dict the driver’s pref­er­ences, while the dig­i­tal in­stru­ment dis­play is now more cus­tomis­able. Fur­ther new tech­nol­ogy in­cludes a wire­less smart­phone charg­ing pad mounted in the cen­tre cupholder, a new al­ler­gen­block­ing air fil­tra­tion sys­tem and speaker-based road noise can­cel­la­tion. Fi­nally, a new smart key fob com­bines with an up­graded wear­able Ac­tiv­ity Key that no longer re­quires the key fob to be in the car.

Mir­ror­ing the changes made to the Jaguar F-pace (News, 16 Septem­ber), the Ve­lar’s en­gine range has been en­tirely over­hauled and now in­cludes a plug-in hy­brid model, the P400e.

It mates a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol en­gine to a 141bhp elec­tric mo­tor and an eight­speed au­to­matic gear­box for a to­tal sys­tem out­put of 400bhp and 472lb ft. Land Rover quotes 0-60mph at 5.1sec, while of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy is 130.2mpg and

CO2 emis­sions are 49g/km. The P400e can drive for 33 miles on elec­tric­ity alone, with 50kw rapid charg­ing en­sur­ing an 80% charge in half an hour.

Else­where, Jaguar Land Rover’s lat­est straight-six petrol and diesel In­ge­nium en­gines join the range, mated to a 48V mild-hy­brid sys­tem.

The sole petrol of­fer­ing for the UK is the P400, which puts out 395bhp and 406lb ft for a 5.2sec 0-60mph time. It uses a twin-scroll tur­bocharger and an elec­tric su­per­charger to boost re­sponses and is 13kg lighter than the old unit.

The new D300 diesel uses se­quen­tial tur­bos to pro­duce 296bhp and 479lb ft, re­sult­ing in a 0-62mph time of 6.1sec.

Air sus­pen­sion is stan­dard on the six-cylin­der mod­els.

Also avail­able is a new D200 four-cylin­der diesel en­gine, which re­places the D180 and D240 units. Mak­ing 201bhp and 317lb ft, it prom­ises up to 44.9mpg.

Avail­able to or­der now, the new Ve­lar costs from £46,110.

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