Land Rover has been having a pretty epic few years. Sales are up, they seem to be breaking down less, and they have a range of vehicles so big, Maurice Wilkes would be flabbergasted. The newest model is the Range Rover Velar, here’s what you need to know.
- It goes on sale in Australia from the Summer of 2017. It’s be priced from $70,300 for a base-spec coil-springer, going up to $135,600 for a bells’n’whistles model. There is also a ‘First Edition’ model, with unique features that will go for $167,600.
- It will be small than a Range Rover and Ranger Rover Sport, but longer, wider and slightly taller than the Range Rover Evoque.
- It will have a maximum of 251mm ground clearance (or 218mm with coils), and 650mm wading depth, which is pretty much at the height of the bonnet.
- The door handles sink flush into the door, and pop out when you need them.
- It will have a 2,500kg towing capacity, and a choice of six different powertrains. There is a 132kW, 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel four-banger, all the way up to a 280kW supercharged petrol V6. These will all be mated to 8-speed automatics.
- It has 100% LED lighting, everywhere.
- Using Land Rover’s new lightweight architecture design, the Range Rover Velar’s bones will be more than 81% aluminium alloy.
- It has specially-designed air channels in the rear spoiler that will cut down drag, and reduce the accumulation of dirt on the rear windscreen by up to 90%.
- It’s your digital butler, is born from reductionism, and has secret-until-lit-surfaces, whatever they all mean.