2018 Range Rover Velar– much more than just a luxury SUV
Jaguar Land Rover recently launched the new Range Rover Velar in India. It is the fourth member in the Range Rover family in India and is positioned between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. The Velar uses the aluminium construction and is based on the same wheelbase as that of the Jaguar F-Pace. The new 2018 Range Rover Velar is an absolute looker of a luxury SUV and floors the onlookers irrespective of which angle it is being viewed from. However, it is not only about looks that counts. The Velar is a fascinating machine on wheels and apart from stunning styling, it also packs in amazing tech and features which make it an irresistible buy for all the luxury SUV lovers.
Speaking of those killer looks, the very handsome Range Rover Velar has a low-slung mean and bold appeal. The 4.8 metre long massive Velar’s looks sleek, sophisticated and elegant while also looking agressiveat the same time and has nothing of the traditional boxy SUV styling. Yet, it manages to offer a true SUV look and feel only refined to the best. It has a no-nonsense aerodynamic structure, which does away with all superfluous styling elements. The vehicle has sleek and prominent lines and comes with flawless detailing to enhance the very neat styling. Even the door handles are designed to get flushed with the body and pop out to be used only when the car is unlocked.
On the inside, it is even more mesmerizing than the outside. The Velar’s cabin offers a perfect amalgamation of cutting-edge technology, comfort and style. The tech rich interiors of the Velar might make many of its rivals seem a bit dated. The primary attraction is of course Land Rover’s latest Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that comes integrated with two HD 10 inch touchscreen displays. The first display offers access to the likes of phone or audio and navigation, while the other display offers controls for the climate control, drive modes, etc. The displays are simply brilliant and reduce driver distraction. There’s a high-res digital instrument cluster, steering mounted buttons with touch-sensitive functionality, head-up display, great deal of charging sockets and storage spaces and much more. The only down point is that the SUV lacks the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Specs and performance
The Velar is available in India with three engine options, namely 180hp, 2.0-litre diesel motor 300hp, 3.0 V6 diesel unit and a 250hp, 2.0 petrol mill. The petrol engine is the most interesting among the trio, as it is a newly developed unit from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium engine range. All the engines are superbly refined, especially of course the petrol one.
The Velar gets an all-independent suspension setup with front double wishbone and a rear multi-link setup. However, the suspension arrangement varies from variant to variant. Only the V6 diesel trims come with air suspension, while the petrol variants use steel springs. It offers great performance, ride and handling, but there’s some amount of body movements on low speeds which is unlike the bigger Rovers. Nevertheless, it can take on very bad roads, potholes and bad weather conditions with ease. The Velar boasts of a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system as standard along with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system to handle all the mud, slush and rocky road consditions.
The Range Rover Velar has a starting tag of Rs. 78.83 lakhs, and thus, one needs deep pockets to afford one. However, if you can afford it, then the Velar is definitely worth every penny and you should simply buy it. Just take one look at this beauty (or beautiful beast) and it will compel you to flaunt it in your driveway.