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2018 Range Rover Velar | Nonconventional design

 

  • Engine
3.0L Supercharged V6
  • Power
380 HP / 332 LB-FT
  • Transmission
8-Sp. Auto
  • 0-60 Time
5.3 Sec.
  • Top Speed
155 MPH
  • Drivetrain
AWD
  • Engine Placement
Front
  • Curb Weight
4,471 LBS
  • Seating
2 + 3
  • MPG
18 City / 24 HWY
  • Base Price
$64,200

 

From its domed hood to the sophisticated arc of its roofline , Range Rover's first midsize SUV is strikingly attractive.. It's finished in Flux Silver, a trick satin finish obtainable only on the costliest of Velars, the $89,300 First Edition.

 

Ranger Rover says the new Velar "fills the white space" between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. The new sport 'ute, measures under 2 inches shorter than the Sport but a full 17 inches longer than the Evoque. Riding on a modified F-Pace chassis that's been reinforced for offroad duty, Velar is powered by a 247-horsepower, four-cylinder turbo gas engine ($49,900), a 180-hp four-cylinder turbo diesel ($56,200), or a 380-hp supercharged V6 ($64,200).

 

Different from other aging Land Rover manifestos, there's a lot of originality to Velar's look and feel.

 

The driver and passenger-facing interfaces are particularly original, from the new Touch Pro Duo screens to the interior design that includes a textile offering that's positioned as a no-cost equal to the top-line Windsor leather. The material is a wool blend created with Danish firm Kvadrat, feels as soft and premium as a high-end suit.

 

It's not the first time wool has employed in a high-end interior (Maserati teamed up with Italian menswear house Zegna years ago, juxtaposing the threads with leather). But this treatment is among the more successful experiments with non-traditional materials, and likely to tempt buyers who might otherwise single-mindedly believe that animal skins are the only way to ornament a car interior.

 

Several camera angles reveal the backgrounds on the nav screen. There's also information like suspension travel, steering angle, and incline/decline/roll angles that helps envision the vehicle subtleties, some that can be portrayed on the heads-up display. Wheel enunciation is 15 inches.

 

Though the Discovery is the more purpose-built offroader and exceeds the Velar when it comes to things like approach angle and wading depth, the new 'ute actually discloses quite a bit of flexibility when exchanging a man-made course involving astounded and tilted ramps. Considering my Velar is rolling on road-focused wheels, its even operation and tight framework indicates there's more offroad ability available than what meets the eye.