Geneva Motor Show 2017 : The Range Rover Velar debut

Jaguar Land Rover have debuted their new baby, the Range Rover Velar, at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show.

Forming the fourth leg of the impressive Range Rover table, the Velar has by and large impressed at the motor show. Suspected to be priced in the range of £45,000 to £85,000, it slots in between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport in terms of pricing and sizing. It is intended to stand tall against it’s rivals – the BMW X4, Jaguar F-Pace, and the Porsche Macan.

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Let’s talk about exterior design..

The Velar is well and truly distinguishable from other Range Rover models in that it is not nearly as boxy.

“We were looking for a new level of simplicity”, said Land Rover’s exterior creative head, Massimo Frascella.

And it shows. The exterior on the Velar sports very sharp exterior lines. The beauty of this design lies in it’s simplicity, it’s minimalistic approach. It is an SUV with a coupe like design. It employs a sort of “stripped down” approach with it’s flush doors and headlight that are narrow LED light slits. It is also lower and longer, and with a drag co-efficient of 0.32, it is very aero as well.

Less is more.

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Engine options are varied

Petrol :

  • 2.0 liter four pot turbo engine producing 250 HP and 365 Nm torque.
  • 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that produces 380 HP and 450 Nm of torque.

Diesel :

  • 2.0 liter engine in two tune states  – 180 HP and 430 Nm, and 240 HP and 500 Nm.
  • 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 with an output of 300 HP and 700 Nm of torque.

0-60 time for the 3.0 liter petrol? 5.7 seconds. For an SUV, that is good.

The features provided are top knotch

The Velar offers everything you’d expect to see in a luxury SUV and then some.

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Navigation and infotainment are taken care of by two sleek 10 inch touchscreens which also let you control your aircon and suspension settings, and two 8 inch screens for the rear passengers.

The Range Rover Velar comes with a smartphone app that lets you lock/unlock your car remotely, check location of the car, check fuel level, and use climate control. The seats can be cooled, heated, and set to 20 different positions.

The Velar also employs air suspension which automatically lowers 10 mm of ride height at a 105 kph to improve car handling, and by 40 mm before getting out for comfort.

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All in all, my first impressions of the Range Rover Velar have been great. I do hope these features shall carry over to the Indian models when the car hits showrooms, and I believe the Velar shouldn’t have any problems standing up to it’s rivals in the segment.

– Aditya Bhat.

 

 

 

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