Land Rover is closing the aspirational gap in its Range Rover line this summer with its first all-new model in years. Priced and sized between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport lines, the Velar – a name first used to disguise the creation of the Range Rover itself – is a high-tech, high-lux styling masterpiece that just happens be an SUV.
Designed with boulevard cruising in mind, the Velar nonetheless can be had with just about every on- and off-road goodie in the Land Rover line, starting at $50,895 (including a $995 destination charge) for the base model with a 247-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and ramping up quickly to the top-spec First Edition model with a 380-hp, supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 and an MSRP of $90,295.
What's New for 2018
The Velar is all new for 2018.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Land Rover will sell the Velar with three separate powertrains when it arrives in US showrooms later this year. The base model uses a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 247 horsepower, although a thriftier option might be the new 2.0-liter, 180-horsepower turbodiesel four. If you like speed, don't care about fuel economy, or simply need to tow something, the optional 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 and its 380 horsepower is the way to go. The EPA hasn't had a chance to evaluate the Velar's fuel economy yet.
Like all Land Rover models, the Range Rover Velar should be an exceptionally capable off-roader. Four-wheel drive is standard, while owners with deeper pockets can attach much of the same off-road electronic wizardry found on pricier Range Rover models, including Land Rover's excellent Terrain Response 2 system and an active rear differential that can lock and unlock automatically, based on conditions. V6-models get a standard air suspension that promises almost ten inches of ground clearance and on-road comfort to match the outright off-road ability.
All Velars come with a range of standard luxuries, including a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, Jaguar Land Rover's Adaptive Dynamics driving system, auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, and an eight-speaker stereo.
Land Rover is also making available to Velar buyers an upholstery woven from “sustainable resources” and paired with synthetic suede as an alternative to various cow hides. If you want to make your rumbling off-roader a little bit greener, this is a good way to go.
The Range Rover Velar is available in five separate trims, including the limited-run First Edition.
With enough patience and attention to detail, you can actually outfit a Velar with most of the best equipment it has to offer without breaking the $70,000 barrier. Skipping the purely aesthetic R-Dynamic trim – actually, all the fancy paint, trim and wheel options – in favor of the better-equipped $55,695 Velar S will allow you to add the safety, climate control and entertainment packages you want without spending extra on things you don’t.