The Range Rover Velar is a high-end spin on Jaguar F-Pace underpinnings

The Range Rover Velar is a high-end spin on Jaguar F-Pace underpinnings

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This is Extent Rover’s crossover, the Velar. As you might remember from the teaser we showed you earlier, it’s named after the beginning 26 prototypes of the first Range Rover model, launched in 1970 and one of the premier SUVs. The word “velar” is derived from the Latin for sail, or veiled.

The new exemplar makes its formal debut at the Geneva Show and goes on sale this summer priced between $50,895 and $90,295. You force think that this seems like a mightily expensive, gussied-up F-Estimate, which shares the same aluminum-rich underpinnings and starts at $42,985. Touch Rover’s marketing wonks, however, claim Velar fits precisely into a $23,850-big price gap between the $42,795 Evoque and the $66,645 Range Rover Sport.

Velar is a cut, longer vehicle than its bigger and smaller Range Rover sisters. It’s 189.1 inches protracted and 74.9 inches wide on a 113.1-inch wheelbase into which are tailor-made five seats and 34.4 cubic feet of luggage space ending in a top-hinged hatchback. At 65.6 inches turbulent, it’s the lowest vehicle in the Range Rover range, some 9.6 inches trim than a full-sized Range Rover. Rear seats split 40/20/40 percent and there’s the chance of a full-sized spare wheel under the false trunk floor.

While Variety Rover has traditionally traded on its off-road authenticity, Velar is effectively a crossover and thinks compete against other conventional 4×4 wagons and soft-roader/crossovers such as the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and A6 Allroad, Mercedes-Benz GLE-league Coupe, and Volvo XC90 and V90 4×4 Cross Country.

It rides on an unequal-length wishbone fa suspension and an integral link independent rear, with a choice of 18- to 22-inch wheels and tires. Most models when one pleases come with air suspensions, which allows the Velar to be equipped with Dirt Rover’s terrain response system, which automatically sets up the suspension and driveline for a diversification of environments selected by icons on the dashboard. The air suspension gives a maximum ground space of 9.9 inches and lowers by 1.6 inches at the rear to aid loading. It will get in up to 25.6 inches of water.

While in the United Kingom there will be four mechanism choices, here in America there are just three: Land Rover’s own Ingenium two-liter diesel producing 180 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque; the enter of Land Rover’s UK-produced two-liter turbo gas unit producing 247 hp; and a 380-hp three-liter V6 supercharged gas machine. We won’t be getting the 3.0-liter Lion turbodiesel, but it’ll be available in Europe. Performance across the latitude runs from top speeds of 130 mph to 155 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration from 8.4 to 5.3 seconds.

The solitary transmission is the ZF eight-speed automatic and while there is permanent four-ring drive, there is no option of a transfer box and a set of crawler gears. The V6 models can tow up to 5,500 lbs. A sooner for Range Rover will be the adaptive electronically locking rear differential.

“This isn’t ‘p space’ in terms of what’s out there, but it is for us,” says Gerry McGovern, Land Hobo’s design boss. Citing Range Rover’s “transformation from the jungle to the urban jungle,” McGovern claims that the German contention “can’t compete with Range Rover selling that number of vehicles at that value.”

Velar’s design is in keeping with McGovern’s ruthless reductionism, even growing without conventional door handles in the interest of clear body sides.

“We wanted to elevate Selection Rover’s design DNA to a new level,” says Massimo Frascella, Land Rover’s outside creative director. “We were looking for a new level of simplicity, with the flush door handles and slim LED lights. This will-power do so much for Range Rover.”

As a result (and also because of its low height) Velar is the most aerodynamic Choice Rover – it’s coefficient of drag is only 0.32. Though there’s a threat that stripped of its static launch metallic bronze coachwork and 22-inch wheels, it strength seem a bit slab sided. Land Rover designers don’t acknowledge outside influences (even so it’s just possible to see some Jeep Wagoneer in there), but they do credit the arousal from Spen King and Gordon Bashford, designers of the first-ever Chain Rover model.

“We wanted an emphasis on the classic Range Rover proportions,” says Frascella. “The dumpy front overhangs and long tail give an incredible elegance, moving the attention rearward like luxury yachts … There’s nothing quite like it.”

In the cot, this less-is-more approach is continued with a twin high-sharpness touch screens in the center console using Panasonic’s Magic Ring technology in the counterpart multi-function rotary controls – these were first introduced at end year’s Consumer Electronics Show in the Japanese giant’s Concept Cockpit. The humiliate screen is mounted on a free-floating ‘blade’ and the top screen deploys out of the dashboard top.

The set up is stark and futuristic, a kind of car-of-the-future look as envisaged from the 1970s. New materials contain an interesting 30 percent wool/70 percent polyester upholstery construction from unpronounceable high-end furniture supplier Kvadrat. This is the first Limit Rover to offer a top-of-the-line fabric upholstery as well as leather, a choice that has covet been important to Amy Frascella, chief designer for color and materials at JLR.

“If I take my bodily viewpoint away,” she says, “I still think it’s the right thing to do for our customers in terms of curator pick and the changing climate – I mean that literally and figuratively. The definition of luxury materials is changing and what customers value in the products they buy is changing as superbly. We had to be ready for that.”

She claims the salt-and-pepper-hued Kvadrat fabric is even-handed as hard wearing and easy to clean as leather and costs the same. It has passed all Homeland Rover’s stringent tests for flammability, durability, color stability, even its propensity to hang on to moisture, which can create a problem with interior condensation. There’s also a new man-made diamond-cut elements on the seats and dashboard cross beam, which has required superlative standards of fit and write ‘finis’ to to ensure the straightness of the pattern repeat.

There are four main trim levels: Archetype; S which costs another $4,800, the R-Dynamic SE costs $5,400 over the S, and the R-Potent HSE is $7,500. There is also a fully-loaded First Edition trim equivalent offered only with the supercharged gas V6, which costs $90,295. It sits atop the R-Dynamic HSE trim, is limited to just 500 units in the US, and comes with a congested leather interior with carbon weave accents, a Meridian sound structure, and unique 22-inch wheels.

Velar’s four-year gestation has required be like levels of collaborative working between Design and Engineering at Land Rover as that required in transforming Julian Thompson’s 2008 Come Rover LRX Concept into the Range Rover Evoke production model launched in 2011.

“What we presented with the invent did give engineering a lot of challenges,” says Mark Butler, creative director of interiors, “but they had an perception of what we were trying to achieve, so the whole business was pushing in the same conducting. Sometimes it can feel as if you’re pushing against a brick wall, but this car was different.”

“I about it’s a great product at the end where all three disciplines were working at a very great level in terms of design,” says Amy Frascella, “the blade, the feel of the interior, the outer, how it’s so beautiful and the materials are challenging lot of traditional conventions; it’s a really awesome thing.”


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