Reviews First Drive: 2018 Range Rover Velar

15:31  08 february  2018
15:31  08 february  2018 Source:   trucktrend.com

Contemporary and Capable: The 2018 Range Rover Velar

  Contemporary and Capable: The 2018 Range Rover Velar New 2018 Range Rover Velar Debuts in North AmericaThe Velar was introduced earlier this year in March during the Geneva Motor Show and is only now making its way to the U.S. both in showrooms and through a lively advertising campaign. Hoping to capture the eyeballs of prospective buyers, the Velar appears in an intriguing 30-second video spot airing on YouTube and major broadcast networks. Land Rover has also partnered with publisher Condé Nast, connecting readers of GQ, Wired, and Vogue with the new Velar.

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Alesund, NORWAY – Mix the letters up in the name Velar and add an M; the unscrambled word becomes “marvel” — to be filled with wonder or astonishment. Certainly the drive route planned by Land Rover ’s team for its newest Range Rover sport-ute exceeded expectations.

We love Range Rovers. No, really, we do. The combination of top-tier luxury and Wrangler-like capability elicits such a deep emotional reaction that we’re able to easily block out any negative insult that might be hurled toward our ears. And that is exactly the type of response that the company desires of potential customers. Top Rover brass aims for the populace to desire a Range Rover not because they need one, but because they want one.

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  2018 Range Rover: New Tech, More Comfort Squint, Pinch, and Zoom to Tell the Difference Inside, the Range Rover gains a reconfigured 12.0-inch instrument cluster with more customizable displays, as well as the Velar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that features two 10.0-inch touchscreens on the center stack, with the bottom screen controlling climate, seating, vehicle settings, and Terrain Response modes. The upper unit, which has a traditional home screen with navigation and audio controls, can be physically tilted to alleviate glare. Swiping a finger can even send information from one screen onto the other. A 10.

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This is exactly the effect that the newest addition to the Range Rover lineup, the Velar, had on us. After spending a glorious three days exploring the incredible landscape of Norway in a First Edition, we came to the stark realization that we didn’t need a Velar in our life to be happy; however, we lusted after one more than is probably healthy.

What’s in a Name?

It may seem a bit odd at first blush, but the name Velar actually has a storied history. A quick jaunt in the way-back machine takes us to 1969. It was at this time that British Leyland engineers were testing a new vehicle: a type of Land Rover meant more for the wealthy elite than farmers. This upscale model was badged as Velar, a word constructed of letters found in Land Rover and with roots in the Latin word velum, meaning to curtain or veil; a fitting name for a secretive prototype. One year later, in 1970, what was previously disguised as Velar arrived in European showrooms as the very first Range Rover. Since then, the family has grown and matured, and for ’18 has added a fourth sibling, now officially named Velar.

First Drive: 2018 Range Rover Velar U.S. Spec

  First Drive: 2018 Range Rover Velar U.S. Spec An Englishman for the heart of the midsize luxury SUV marketLet's get the Range Rover Sport out of the way first. While its footprint and that of the Velar are similar, the Sport is some 1,000 pounds and $16,850 more substantial. Some would say you get most of a Sport with a Velar, and if you look purely at objective metrics like engine specs and feature lists, it's hard to argue they're wrong. But there's more to cars than just the objective, and subjectively the Velar is a kinder, gentler soul that's more likely to get someone to step up from the smaller Evoque than to step down from a Sport.

Home Car News Car Reviews First Drive : 2018 Range Rover Velar . The Velar is powered by a selection of four- and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, all of them fitted with a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission.

ALESUND, Norway — The “ Velar ” in 2018 Range Rover Velar , named after the decoy badges used on prototypes of the first ever version of Land Rover ’s boxy ’ute in 1969, is Latin for “veiled,” a leitmotif whose inscrutable modernity hits you over the head with its rampant subtlety.

a car parked on the side of a road: Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Rear© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Rear

Under the Skin

Designed to split the size difference between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Velar is sized to compete in the space currently occupied by the likes of Lexus’s RX, BMW’s X3, and Mercedes-Benz’s GLC- and GLE-Class. Chassis architecture and engine options for Velar are shared with its cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace, and they are both produced on the same assembly line at Land Rover’s Solihull, England, plant.

Powering the Velar is a choice of six engines, all developed in-house by JLR. However, only three are available for the U.S. market, though they are not bad options by any stretch of the imagination. The base engine is a 2.0L I-4 that is direct-injected and turbocharged. This mill churns out 247 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Those lusting for more power can opt for the supercharged 3.0L V-6, which turns out 380 hp and 332 lb-ft. Rounding out the lineup is yet another 2.0L inline-four-cylinder, but this version is a diesel that produces 180 hp and 317 lb-ft of twist. The two I-4s are mated to ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmissions, while the V-6 is backed by a more robust 8HP70.

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2018 Range Rover Velar Review: Every bit the capable road car, whether cruising quietly and smoothly down the highway or having a bit of fun.

Jason Gonderman –. Jan 29, 2018 Photographers: Courtesy of Land Rover . Photo 3/40 | Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Engine.

a close up of a motorcycle: Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Engine© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Engine

Range Rover claims a curb weight of 4,407 pounds for a top-spec V-6 and says 0-60 times should clock in at a respectable 5.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph, and maximum towing is just a tick over 5,500 pounds. The 2.0L diesel is clearly the fuel-economy champ, with an EPA-rated 30-mpg highway, but the 2.0L gasoline engine isn’t far off at a rated 27 mpg, and the V-6 doesn’t disappoint with a 24-mpg highway rating.

Alluring Design

Technical bits out of the way, we can turn our attention to what Velar is all about: design. Even though it shares a wheelbase with the F-Pace, the two share no exterior body panels. The hood, fenders, and roof are constructed of aluminum, and the rear hatch is composite, all done in the name of weight savings. Doors remain steel to help protect occupants in the event of a side impact. Velar’s exterior can be described as incredibly smooth, which helps it achieve a drag coefficient of 0.37, making it the most aerodynamic vehicle in Land Rover’s history. An upright grille and short front and long rear overhangs give Velar its signature raked look.

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  2019 Range Rover P400e: A New Age of Range Where the gas and electricity play.The Range Rover P400e joins the Range Rover Sport P400e in a plan to offer every Jaguar Land Rover vehicle with an electrified powertrain option from 2020 onward. With a claimed 31 miles of battery-electric driving range, the P400e versions of the Sport and the big Range may be regarded as the first plug-in off-roaders. (Subaru's hybrid Crosstrek wasn’t a plug-in, was axed for 2017, and wasn’t really an off-roader, either.) The Range Rover’s hybrid system is set up just like it is in the Sport: A turbocharged 2.

The 2018 Range Rover Velar is adept, alluring, and teeming with tech. The Velar is a beauty on road and a beast off it. Given the posh trajectory, one might assume we’d be more prepared for the fourth member of the family, but after our Land Rover Range Rover Velar first drive review, we discovered

The 2018 Range Rover Velar is designed to appeal to those attracted to the Land Rover esthetic but don’t want the size and don’t need quite the capability of Disco or Range Rover . (Kelly Taylor). PIONEER TOWN, Calif.

a car parked on the side of a road: Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive

Moving inside, Velar’s design cues continue in a minimalist fashion. The dash and doors are adorned with real open-pore wood, while piano-black plastic and glossy touchscreens abound throughout. All touch points are soft, the headliner is synthetic suede, and seating surfaces are leather. Interestingly, the highest upholstery option in the Velar line isn’t leather but a special fabric produced by Kvadrat (pronounced cavadra), a high-end Danish textile manufacturer. In what’s claimed to be an industry first, this fabric is a combination of 30 percent wool and 70 percent polyester. There was only one static display with the Kavadrat wool interior for us to ogle, so our time with it was brief. The wool provided a distinctly different feel than the traditional luxury interior we’re used to, and that isn’t a bad thing.

a car parked on the side of a vehicle: Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Interior© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Interior

Nestled front and center is the pair of touchscreens that comprise the new Touch Pro Duo, which is Range Rover’s latest infotainment system. Using high-definition touchscreen displays, Touch Pro Duo controls everything from climate control to audio and smartphone apps, along with Terrain Response 2 controls. Images displayed are incredibly crisp and vibrant, and by utilizing a pair of independent screens, the driver has the ability to display different information on each screen, such as navigation on top and audio on the bottom. Simple as it may seem, this small detail relieves the anxiety of having to choose which information to display and allows for more concentration on driving and less on swapping screens. Buttons are nonexistent and knobs are sparse, with only one for volume and two for engaging the lower screen of the Touch Pro Duo. Overall, the system worked much better than previous JLR infotainment systems have for us, which was a pleasant surprise.

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PALM SPRINGS, California — You’ll be forgiven if the 2018 Range Rover Velar seems like a head-scratcher at first . After all, the newest member of the Land Rover family is about the same size as the extant and more expensive Range Rover Sport.

The top-spec Velar V6 First Edition I drove is a heady ,300, and by that point you’re well within Range Rover Sport territory. Somehow the 2018 Velar both tugs at the sentimental heart-strings and appeals to the demanding modern driver : heritage and high-tech, in a deeply special package.

Behind the Wheel

The majority of the roads where we experienced Velar were narrow and low-speed, with but a single lane in each direction. Thankfully, there were some fun twisty forest roads to carve, but the joy was often cut short by a blind corner, local traffic, or wildlife. Nonetheless, this most “road-oriented” of the lineup, as claimed by Range Rover, showed that it could truly handle itself in a befitting manner. Thanks in part to its continuously variable adaptive dampers, adjustable air suspension, and A-arm front and multi-link rear suspensions, the Velar was able to easily tackle any obstacle thrown at it and corner as flat as a heavy SUV can, all while providing a quiet and smooth ride.

Tunable power steering, brake-based torque vectoring, and an electronic locking rear differential are but a few of the technological marvels that allow Velar to get along as well as it does. On-road drive modes include Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Race, with fun increasing the further to the right you go. Our tester was a V-6 model, and slamming all of its 380 hp to the ground in Race mode was jolly good fun, especially on graded dirt roads. These modes are easily switched via the Touch Pro Duo, and all do exactly as they imply, though Eco is still largely dependent on the heaviness of your right foot.

a large body of water with a mountain in the background: Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Scenery© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Scenery

While we weren’t able to sample either of the 2.0L offerings, we’re confident that, as a highway-cruising family hauler, any of the three mills will suffice. Since the smaller Range Rover’s introduction, the rumor mill has been in full swing, and our favorite gossip implies that a supercharged 5.0L V-8 Velar SVR is in the works. If that’s the case, we’ll take two, please.

How the 2018 Range Rover Velar compares to the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

  How the 2018 Range Rover Velar compares to the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace Cruising around in the desert with Jaguar Land Rover cousinsPALM SPRINGS, California — Not all vehicle launches happen in some exotic locale that requires days of travel for the payoff of a few hours behind the wheel—at least when you're based in Southern California. Land Rover chose the scenic Coachella Valley for the U.S. launch of the Range Rover Velar, offering a perfect excuse to explore the scenic routes around the Santa Ana and San Jacinto Mountains on the way east from Orange County. Given that the Velar is a cousin of our 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, I decided to stage a bit of a family gathering while I was at it.

Range Rover 's first midsize SUV is a stunningly attractive specimen, a five-seat lounge on wheels. But how does it drive ? I'm traversing Norway's stunning landscapes but don't want to take the 2018 Range Rover Velar offroad.

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Off the Highway

The real shock came when we were instructed to point the Velar up a steep mountain road, with loads of loose gravel, rocks, ruts, and even a river. Normally, this is no big deal, but this particular road was up a dry ski slope, and our First Edition Velar was wearing highway rubber and 22-inch wheels. Thankfully, Range Rover stayed true to its roots and, despite being the most “road-oriented,” the company fitted Velar with the Terrain Response 2 system. In addition to its various off-road driving modes, programs such as Low Traction Launch and All-Terrain Progress Control also enhance the vehicle’s off-road ability. Through the combined use of these systems, one has to do little more than steer and brake as the vehicle effortlessly climbs to places a luxury SUV on 22s has no business going. True off-roaders may scoff at the low-profile tires and scant ground clearance, but they are more likely to drive a Defender, rendering their opinion invalid anyway.

In Summation

When we first jumped behind the wheel of Velar, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Was it filling a hole in the lineup that even existed? Would it be too much like the F-Pace? Luckily, all doubt was quickly put to rest. Velar is perfect for the Range Rover buyer needing more space than an Evoque, but not quite ready to foot the bill for a Sport. It’s more refined and upscale than the F-Pace. It gracefully combines beauty and brawn while staying true to its Range Rover heritage.

Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Lead© Courtesy of Land Rover Range Rover Velar First Edition First Drive Lead

Range Rover Velar

Vehicle type: Five-passenger, two row, luxury SUV

Base price: $49,900

Price as tested: $89,300

Engine: 3.0L supercharged V-6

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Horsepower: 380 @ 6,500rpm

Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 3,500rpm

Curb weight: 4,407 pounds

Towing capacity: 5,511 pounds

EPA mileage rating: 18city/24hwy/20comb

Startech Range Rover Velar Unveiled for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show .
Mid-size SUV display vehicle will be featured at the show with all the latest from the Brabus subsidiaryAll bodywork components are manufactured in OEM quality from PUR-R-RIM injection-molded plastic or carbon. The Startech front bumper replaces the production part in its entirety and features an integrated spoiler, larger air ducts, and integrated daytime running lights. The new front can be combined with the production bodywork or the widebody version; the 16-piece bodywork conversion kit adds 60 millimeters to the overall width of the Range Rover. Out back, Startech’s rear insert is designed to replace the production center panel.

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