Before autoX comes up with its first driving impressions of the Land Rover Range Rover Velar, let's figure out where the Velar actually fits in the JLR line-up of SUVs.
Land Rover’s Range Rover series just got a new member in early 2017 - the Velar. As it edges closer to its Indian Launch, we try to answer some questions you may have regarding this new stunning SUV.
The new Velar aims to smoothly squeeze into the gap between the Evoque and the Sport in the Range Rover Series. So basically, Velar’s target customer is the one who finds the Evoque a bit too small, and the Sport massive - or perhaps doesn’t quite have the cash to opt for the latter.
New age features
The Velar may not sit at the top of the Range Rover hierarchy, but it is the newest model of the series - which means it serves as a platform for Land Rover to showcase some cool tech they’ve developed for the future.
A duo of ultra wide 10-inch touch screens debut inside the Range Rover Velar’s cabin. One, as you’d expect, serves as interface for the infotainment system, while the other one, which sits lower in the dashboard takes car of the HVAC controls and the AWD system. There are also two rotary knobs flanking this second screen - possibly to minimise the finicky operation of the all-touch interface.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the instrument cluster which, again, is a large screen. The Infotainment system setup is powered by an Intel-sourced quad-core processor. It also comes with a high speed 60GB solid-state drive and ethernet network support.
While in Europe, the engines that power the Range Rover Velar are aplenty - Land Rover will only bring three of them in India. These powertrains are the familiar ones from the JLR lineup.
There will be a single petrol unit, which churns out 247bhp of power from a 2.0-litre motor. More options in the diesel department - a 178bhp 2.0-litre, and a big 3.0-litre six cylinder with 296 horses to play with. The ZF sourced 8-speed automatic transmission is the only available gearbox option, irrespective of the engine chosen.
So, its a vehicle from the JLR stable, and therefore platform sharing is inevitable. The Range Rover Velar, alongside Jaguar’s debut SUV - the F-Pace, is based on the firm’s modular Lightweight Aluminum Architecture. Even the wheelbases of the two SUVs are the same.
Being a Land Rover, don’t expect it to deviate away from the company’s DNA - off roading. A Standard AWD alongside Land Rover’s signature Terrain Response System are very much present on board, and so is the hill descent control.
Expected price and launch date
JLR showrooms in India will begin accepting bookings for the Range Rover Velar beginning September 21, 2017. Land Rover is expected to start dispatching the Velar to customers from November 23.
While official pricing isn’t known yet, expect this new SUV to carry a base price of around Rs. 70 lakh.