There is an old saying that goes along the lines of that the first vehicle 80% of the developing world has seen is a Land Rover. Whether that is actually true or not, we don’t know, but we do know that for a long time, the Land Rover dominated that type of expedition – bringing the world supplies and first aid.
For quite a while, Land Rover seemed to be stuck in some sort of rut, just churning out the same old stuff, even more so when it came to the Range Rover, it was only really the introduction of Charles Spen King that started changing things, Land Rover later celebrated that with the CSK edition.
Between Evoque and Sport
|Contents||Now and for the first time in ten years, Land Rover are to introduce a completely new model, not just a rehash of existing models. Although it of course looks very similar to everything else it offers. The idea is simple; to mop up any existing sales that fall between the two models that are most popular – exactly as FoMoCo try to do with every single line up they have.
The 2018 Range Rover Velar is designed to sit between the Evoque and the Sport, as to whether it’s offering a mixture of the two, has yet to be seen. First reports say that it is going to be more luxurious, and we know that the special edition will be, but we are not 100% sure for the standard production models.
First 500 for Extra Price
Prices for the Velar are… as you’d expect really, between just under $50,000 and $64,000 for the regular model, although Range Rover are offering a limited edition for the first 500, these will cost $89,300 – that’s a fair chunk of change extra to find if you want one of the special editions.
2018 Range Rover Velar Engine and Tech
The Velar will come with three choices for engine, the $49,000 Velar will have an inline 4 cylinder 2.0 liter 247 BHP powerplant, while the $56,200 version will have an inline 4 diesel with ‘just’ 180 BHP and the flagship will have a 3.0 liter V6 with 380 BHP. No word as yet as to the transmission, although we do know it will be a multispeed auto, purely to help with emissions and gas mileage. We’d guess an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Although being a completely new model, there’s definitely no mistaking that it’s a Range Rover; anyone with only limited knowledge of vehicles would instantly recognize it as a ‘Rangie’ – big, square and still stylish. For such a big vehicle, the Range Rover is certainly stylish – it seems that many manufacturers lose the styling as the vehicle grows, but Land Rover seem to have found that magic spot.
Having said that, the Range Rover has a drag coefficient of just 0.32, which means it is the slipperiest Range Rover ever made. Just don’t expect it to look like a Bugatti.
It’s probably helped by the fact that it shares the same aluminum platform as the rather stylish Jaguar F-Pace, which let’s be honest, is a looker, no mistake.
We’ll also see nice little touches like retractable door handles, bumper ‘blades’ (whatever they are) and fender vents – all adding something to the overall styling.
What Is In The Inside
Inside the Velar, you’ll find a huge amount of tech, both for passenger comfort and safety; a number of passive and active safety systems will be fitted, some will be standard, but as you’d expect, a great deal of them will be options that will all cost and extra few thousand dollars on top of the base model.
Some of those options will be adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, reverse traffic detection and even an active speed limiter that changes as the speed limit signs change. Very clever.
We are also going to see two 10 inch touchscreens inside, these will be used to manage the functionality of the car; the bottom screen will control settings like the climate control and the off-road modes, while the top screen (which can be swivelled to an angle of up to 30 degrees) will be used for navigation and all the media functions and telephone, the system is called Touch Duo Pro. The navigation system will also have the function to search for destination addresses online – using the onboard Wi-Fi (which will support up to eight devices), and even send a contact your estimated time of arrival so they know exactly when to expect you.
Added to the latest infotainment system are things like 20-way powered adjustable seating – how can they adjust in 20 different ways? Surely, you really only need 5 or 6 different types of adjustment? We are all for making things right, but with twenty different adjustments, you’re going to be chasing your tail pretty soon. Two words Land Rover… Too Complicated. Even ten is pushing it.
With the optional air suspension fitted, the Range Rover Velar has a maximum of 9.88 inches’ height at full stretch, and can wade in water over two feet deep – 25.59 inches to be precise. So it is still right up there with the off-roading ability, the V6 engine even gets a locking rear differential (as an option).
2018 Range Rover Velar Driving
So what is it going to be like to drive?
Land Rover have spent many years developing and perfecting the ride of their vehicles, they need to feel … utilitarian without feeling agricultural – finding the blend of luxury, speed, ride and off-road ability is something that Land Rover specialize in – getting off the beaten path is an important aspect of owning a Land Rover, they need to perform off-road without sacrificing the luxury car feeling when back on the road, which let’s be honest, is where 90% of them will spend 90% of their time.
OK, it will never be a Defender, but equally, it can’t let the side down – Land Rover are known for the off-road ability, that is what the company has built its worldwide reputation on, so to abandon it now would be foolish.
Equally, they can’t concentrate purely on making it able to handle the most roughest of terrain.
All versions of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar will be available later this year, possibly due in the showrooms around September. As soon as we know more, we’ll let you know.
What do you think of the Velar? Is it something you’ll be waiting for?