Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled the fourth model in its line-up, the Velar. So-named as a nod to the original Range Rover Classic pre-production prototypes, this will be an overtly sporting offering from Range Rover, and is said to be based on the Jaguar F-Pace.
The images show very clearly that the Velar will be positioned between the Evoque and the Sport – the Range Rover line-up will therefore encompass four models: Evoque, Velar, Sport and the full-sized Range Rover. It’s a progression of the Range Rover design school of thought, wrapped in a sportier overall package.
Will it be cool enough to take on (and beat) the Porsche Macan and BMW X4? We think so…
New Range Rover based on Jaguar underpinnings
The new Velar is based on the same engineering platform as the Jaguar F-Pace, and will make extensive use of aluminium in its construction, all the better to trim fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, which start at just 142g/km. It has permanent four-wheel drive, with lashings of clever technology to keep you going in the muddy stuff, although Land Rover admits this is a road-biased SUV.
Active differentials push the drive around each axle; unlike most Land Rovers, it can even act as a rear-wheel drive car in extreme cornering. And optional air suspension raises the ride height for off-roading to clear obstacles – or lowers the car to make it easier to climb in and out.
The Velar’s amazing interior
The svelte exterior is seductive enough, but step into the Velar’s sophisticated cabin and prepare to be amazed. Flush door handles appear to blend into the flanks; approach the car, plip the key and they pop out.
It’s concept car cool – but has a practical advantage, too. They help make the Velar more aerodynamic, cleaving the air with minimal drag to waste fuel. Once inside, it’s the most modernist interior yet conceived by Jaguar Land Rover. There are just three physical switches on the dashboard – which has become two giant touchscreens. All minor controls are replaced by these high-definition screens and on first acquaintance it looks a very well resolved system with speedy, logical menus and pin-sharp graphics.
When can I buy a Range Rover Velar, and how much will it be?
The order books opened on 1 March 2017 and the first customer cars are expected in dealerships by July. Prices have been confirmed at £44,830, or £408 a month on a Land Rover PCP, with a £9400 deposit and interest charged at 6.9 per cent APR.