Range Rover's Velar is an exceptional blend of technological prowess, luxury and off-road capabilities
The Geneva Motor Show is on its way with news from the Tata-Jaguar-Land Rover group: a new car that fits the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. It is called the Range Rover Velar, and it starts at US$49,900.
The Velar is a stunning car. It keeps the bold looks of the Range Rover Sport, and further enhances it with the long, swooping design. The new LED headlamps and rear lamps, automatically deploying door handles (like on the Tesla Model S) and optional copper detailing makes this an all-around good looking and minimalistic SUV-crossover.
In terms of gadgets, there are plenty packed inside and outside the Velar. To start with, the optional activity key wristband can be used to open the car without the key fob. You can also use an app called ‘InControl’ on your phone and your smartwatch to check for car stats and even turn on the engine and climate control on the go. Inside, the centre console packs two 10” touchscreen displays that is used to control everything the car has to offer - from climate control to off-road assists. This two-display system ‘Touch Pro Duo’, that debuts in the Velar will be standard across all future Range Rover models.
The driver’s side also gets an interactive display instead of the standard dials. There is also a HUD for displaying navigation and notifications. As for driver convenience, the Velar has an full platter of automation features including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and an automatic speed limiter. There are also multiple driving modes to help the car adapt to on-road and off-road conditions.
The Velar introduces an all new engine option in addition three others in the UK and two others in the US. The new 2.0 L turbo gas engine producing 247 horsepower is made in the UK, and will be available as the base model on the Velar. There is also a supercharged V6 producing 380 hp in the sportiest trim.
While the Velar is only meant to fill the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the car has a promising set of features that might make it extremely successful against its German competitors.
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