Friday, 24 March, 2017

Land Rover unveils the new Range Rover Velar

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Lucas Bell | 02 March, 2017, 00:28

The Velar will be 20 centimeters (8 inches) lower than the traditional Range Rover, reducing the degree of roll or tilt when cornering and marking the model out as a true driver's vehicle, Speth said at the Design Museum in London, where the auto will make its public debut.

The starting price will be £45,000 in the United Kingdom, positioning it between the Evoque - the least expensive Range Rover - and the Range Rover Sport.

The tapered sheet metal gives the Velar a drag coefficient 0.32. It nonetheless offers almost 10 inches of ground clearance when it's ordered with the optional air suspension, allowing it to drive through about 25 inches of water.

Land Rover's chief creative officer Gerry McGovern - who masterminded the production of the Evoque by fashioning the 2007 LRX compact luxury SUV concept that went on to become the final auto - hopes to recreate this alchemy and said Land Rover has been "looking at opportunities to stretch the brand and bring more customers". Featuring the same on-demand all-wheel-drive system as the F Pace, the Velar torque distribution is managed between front and rear axles by Land Rover's IDD (Intelligent Driveline Dynamics), with six-cylinder engined models also be available with an active locking rear differential.

As well as a single cross beam facing the front-seat passenger, there's a centre console with twin, high-definition 10.0-inch touch screens stacked one on top of the other, with the lower unit in a blade configuration, and the upper screen hinging out of the top of the dash top when the vehicle is in use.

For audiophiles, there is a choice of four audio systems - the top-end being the 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System with 23 speakers.

Land Rover's design team has worked closely with Panasonic over the last two and half years, to refine the screen technology and reduce the size of the Magic Rings.

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Land Rover is also offering the Velar with an alternative seat fabric for those who don't want leather; developed in conjunction with Kvadrat and available as part of an Interior Premium Textile Pack, the new seat covering mixes wool-blend textiles with a Suedecloth insert that's made from recycled plastic bottles. It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity, and elegance to the brand.

The 100 million pounds ($123 million) that Nissan this week told Parliament should be spent on luring component suppliers to Britain would be "absolutely" welcome, Speth said Wednesday, adding: "The closer the supply chain, the more beneficial it would be".

In the US, the Range Rover Velar will launch with several powertrain offerings, with the base model equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 247 horsepower.

All versions of the Velar will come with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and, since this is a Range Rover, some serious off-road hardware and software. The Velar hits 60 miles per hour from a stop in a sports car-like 5.3 seconds in its fastest configuration.

The new auto will go on sale in Britain in Summer, with prices starting at £44,830 on-the-road.

The spec levels, for you badge-spotters out there, run from the standard Velar, through the usual S, SE and HSE specs, with a sportier appearance if you go for an R-Dynamic kit. In 1969, development engineers began testing preproduction prototypes of the original Range Rover.

What do you think of the new Range Rover Velar? Of course, the moniker was dropped when production of the first Range Rover started in 1970.

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