This summer, Land Rover are launching their fourth Range Rover model. Currently, Land Rover have three models for the luxury brand including the Evoque, Range Rover Sport and the signature Range Rover.
The Range Rover Velar will take its place between its siblings the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Hippo Leasing is taking orders now for Personal Contract Hire agreements and it will be available this summer coming.
The Velar has the elegant design that has made Range Rover such an iconic brand and built into a sporty coupe SUV for the first time. This is Range Rover’s attempt to draw in new customers who may be tempted by its rival the Jaguar F-Pace or any of the German cars such as the Audi Q5.
The engines on offer
Land Rover have always offered a variety of engines for each of their cars. The same goes for the Velar. There will be six petrol and diesel engines ranging from four-cylinder engines up to more powerful V6 engines.
The entry level engine for the Velar is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. It will produce 178 bhp that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds and has a fuel economy of 52.5 mpg. There is another diesel engine equipped with twin turbochargers producing 237 bhp. That one will return a combined fuel economy of 48.7 mpg and reached 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. Neither of these models are slow for their size.
However, the most powerful diesel engine is a 3.0-litre V6 engine. This beast produces 296 bhp and it sprints from 0-60 mph in a blitzing 6.1 seconds.
Inside the Velar coupe
Range Rover is Land Rover’s luxury brand and therefore a high level of prestige is expected. The Velar maintains the layout in the current Range Rover and Range Rover Sport but will be packed with new equipment. The most exciting addition will be the three infotainment screens. There will be a 12.3-inch display screen behind the steering wheel and two 10-inch screens in the centre of the dash.
The Velar drops the traditional gear level in favour of a silver rotary dial making for a much more futuristic style. The terrain response system is also built into the infotainment system, so you can control it through one of two sleek touchpads rather than buttons.
The Velar is a five-seater coupe SUV, meaning it has loads of space for the driver and passengers. There will be headroom and legroom galore for six-foot adults and the luggage space is also impressive. The Velar has a whopping capacity of 632-litre in the boot with the rear seats up. If you drop those rear seats, that capacity increases up to an impressive 1,731-litres. There are also plenty of cubby holes and cup holders spread throughout the cabin.
Performance of the Velar
This car hasn’t officially been launched yet, so we can’t give you an accurate rating of its driving performance. However, we can tell you what to expect with the Velar when it is launched. All 2.0-litre versions come with traditional coil spring suspension set up, which are comfortable and smooth going. However, the 3.0-litre models receive an upgraded air suspension as standard, which will improve the suspension even more.
All Velar models come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that aims to aid effortless acceleration. All Velars come with four-wheel drive as standard ensuring it can drive on and off-road brilliantly.
Range Rovers are always well reviewed and well received and the Velar looks like it have a bright future as a landmark Range Rover.
© Matthew Metcalf 2017