Introducing the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover’s crossover. We here at Miami Exotic Auto Racing are big fans of both the Range Rover and, the F-Pace Jag. It seems that JLR decided to create a frankenstein of sorts with the two. With F-Pace underpinnings and Range Rover characteristics, they seem to have struck a win.
This particular model will make its initial public debut at the Geneva Auto Show this coming May. Pricing is expected to be approximately $50,895-$90,295. At first thought, one may wonder how did they arrive at such a price, considering it shares the same aluminum chassis as the F-Pace Jaguar at $42,795. The marketing team at Land Rover claim that the Velar will nestle perfectly in between the $42,795 Evoque and the Range Sport at $66,645.
The Velar will come in lower, and longer than its Range Rover sisters. As far as competition, the Velar has its sights set on the BMW X6/X4, Audi Q7, Audi A6 Allroad, and the Mercedes GLE-Class. In the U.K. Range Rover is offering up four different engine types; Ingenium 2.0L diesel with 180 horsepower and 317 lb-ft torque; 2.0L turbo gas unit producing 247 horsepower; and a 3.0L supercharged V6 producing 380 horsepower. Unfortunately the United States will not be receiving the 3.0L Lion turbodiesel, only Europe. It is worth noting, that the 2.0L turbo engine will be a debut from Land Rover which is produced in the United Kingdom. Performance across the Range Rover Velar will vary with top speeds from 130 mph to 155 mph, and 0-60 acceleration times of 8.4 seconds to 5.3 seconds.
All of the engines mentioned above will be matted to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. While there is a permanent four-wheel drive system, there is no transfer box or set of crawler gears as an option- sorry off-roadies, you’ll have to opt for a proper Range Rover Sport. Although, there is an adaptive electronically locking rear differential, which is a first for Range Rover. As well, the V6 models will have a towing capacity of up to 5,500 pounds.
Massimo Frascella, Land Rover’s exterior creative director says, ” we wanted to elevate Range Rover’s design DNA to a new level.” “We were looking for a new level of simplicity, with the flush door handles and slim LED lights. This will do so much for Range Rover.” Resulting from the design cues, and the low height, the Velar is Range Rover’s most aerodynamic model yet- with a drag coefficient of 0.32. Designers credit inspiration from Open King and Gordon Bashford, designers of the first-ever Range model.
The Velar with feature four main trim levels:
- S; +$4,800
- R-Dynamic SE; +$5,400 more than the S
- R-Dynamic HSE; +$7,500
Also there is a fully-loaded First Edition trim level which comes limited to the supercharged V6 model, of which cost $90,295. This will come in just above the top-level R-Dynamic HSE, which is limited to only 500 units in the U.S., and features a special set of 22 inch wheels, Meridian sound system and full leather interior with carbon weave accents.