The luxury SUV was created in 1970 when Land Rover launched the original Range Rover. Almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family. Elegant simplicity, a visually reductive approach and pioneering consumer technology are the hallmarks of the new Range Rover Velar. The Velar brings a new dimension of glamour and elegance to the Range Rover family. Designed to fill the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, this is a new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer.
Velar is both instantly recognisable as a Range Rover and radical in its interpretation of the brand’s DNA. The mid-size luxury SUV is defined by formal, powerful volumes that are beautifully balanced by perfectly optimised volume and proportions. The large wheels – up to 22-inches in diameter – help to define the stunning silhouette while further enhancing the Velar’s dramatic presence. The floating roof and clamshell bonnet provide clear references to its lineage and visually reinforce the class-leading all-terrain capability for which all Range Rovers are renowned. The 2,874mm wheelbase (Evoque: 2,660mm; Range Rover Sport: 2,923mm) enhances Velar’s visual length, and contributes to the exceptionally spacious cabin and luggage compartment – which is an impressive 673-litres. The continuous, rising waistline and tapering glasshouse balance formal elegance with a poised, sporting attitude.
Beautiful details, advanced technology in the luxury SUV Range Rover Velar
An upright, bold front graphic and long bonnet set the tone for Velar’s exterior design language. The form of the dominant, proud grille is further emphasised by slender full-LED headlights which deliver an emphatic slim-line visual signature. The front bumper’s pronounced air inlets and subtle skid plate hint at both the Velar’s performance and its class-leading all-terrain capability. The fast windscreen angle intersects powerfully with the front axle line and flows into the Range Rover floating roof design, which can be specified in either body colour or Narvik Black contrast finishes. Fixed and sliding panoramic roof options highlight the Velar’s exceptional interior space by allowing natural light to flood in. The pure, simple yet strong form of the bodysides is testament to Range Rover’s long history of lightweight aluminium construction. The clean, unadorned surfaces are punctuated by a strong shoulder line just below the glasshouse, while a thin, sweeping black graphic flows elegantly around the body’s lower reaches. Fender vents which begin in line with the front axle flow backwards to the front doors, emphasising Velar’s dynamic character. The relentless focus on clean, pure lines made it essential to achieve extremely tight panel gaps, a challenge that the Design and Engineering teams have achieved with absolute precision. Flush deployable door handles – a Range Rover first – emphasise how the Velar’s striking design is enabled by technology. The handles, which feature subtle LED illumination, quickly deploy when the doors are unlocked via the key fob, or by pressing a discreet button set into the handle, and hinge gracefully forwards when pulled to open the doors. They retract seamlessly into the doors when the car is locked, or at speeds above 8km/h (5mph), improving aerodynamic efficiency for improved fuel efficiency, and drawing further attention to the strikingly clean, uninterrupted form of the bodysides. Every Velar features LED headlights as standard equipment. As well as superior illumination and energy efficiency compared to Bi-Xenon lights, LED technology has also enabled the designers to create the most slender headlight clusters ever fitted to a production Land Rover. They wrap dramatically around the front of the vehicle; a full-length black graphic within emphasises their narrow width. Distinctive daytime-running lights enhance the assertive road presence that all Range Rover vehicles command. Four different LED headlight designs are available, culminating in segment-first Matrix-Laser LED headlights. The lasers provide even better visibility at night, extending the range of full beam to 550 metres. The Adaptive Front Lighting system matches the light beam to the steering wheel angle, while the matrix technology selectively dims individual LEDs to maintain optimum light distribution and ensure that full beam can be used without dazzling oncoming traffic. The Matrix-Laser LED headlights are also distinguished by the signature daytime running lights and Animated Direction Indicators which sweep across the lights in the intended direction of travel, helping to improve safety. Slimline LED fog lights further enhance the Velar’s technology-enabled design and are seamlessly integrated into the lower black feature line that wraps round the vehicle. The LED taillights echo the sophistication of the headlights with an eye-catching 3D appearance. They are complemented by a full-length high-level stop-lamp: hidden-until-lit and with a clear lens, it uses light-guide technology with integrated micro-optics to create smooth, homogeneous light. The LED rear fog lights blend into the sweeping black contrast graphic as it reaches the rear of the vehicle, and are visible from the side.
Tailoring the perfect look for the Range Rover Velar
A choice of exterior design treatments enhances customer choice and makes the Velar even more distinctive. R-Dynamic models receive a unique, deeper front bumper with enlarged apertures to increase cooling and create greater visual presence. Burnished Copper-coloured detailing extends to the front bumper blades and fender vents, while the front grille and all Range Rover lettering is finished in Shadow Atlas Silver. The black contrast roof option lowers the visual centre of gravity and complements the Dark Grey Satin wheels. Black and Luxury Packs provide additional visual differentiation. The Black Pack is offered on both standard and R-Dynamic derivatives, introducing distinctive Narvik Black to the grille mesh and surround, bonnet and tailgate lettering, fender vents, tow-eye cover surround and lower bumper blade. For R-Dynamic derivatives, the bonnet vent blades, bumper aperture inserts and exhaust finishers are also finished in Narvik Black. The Luxury Pack is reserved exclusively for standard Velar derivatives, and includes lower exterior trim elements finished in high-gloss Narvik Black to enhance Velar’s elegant detailing. The addition of fog lamps, a tow-eye cover in Narvik Black, tow-eye cover surround in Indus Silver and lower bumper blades in Atlas Silver complete the transformation. A range of 13 exterior colours is available: Fuji White, Narvik Black, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Corris Grey, Santorini Black, Kaikoura Stone, Byron Blue, Firenze Red, Aruba, Silicon Silver, Carpathian Grey and Flux Silver for the First Edition. For the ultimate premium appearance, a new Flux Silver satin paint finish is available exclusively for the First Edition model for the first model year from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, and applied at the Oxford Road Technical Centre. The advanced paint features a vacuum-metallised pigment to enhance the effect of both light and shade over the Velar’s elegant, svelte form. Eight distinctive wheel designs ranging from 18- to 22*-inches with a choice of four finishes are available. Standard models are supplied with 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, while S upgrades to a 19-inch, SE to 20-inch and HSE to 21-inch. All customers can specify to 22-inch* alloy wheels, which form part of the First Edition’s comprehensive standard equipment. * market dependent
The interior of the new Range Rover Velar: a calm sanctuary
Mirroring the taut, uncluttered, and perfectly-executed exterior design, Velar’s precision-crafted interior embraces the latest technology to enhance Range Rover’s trademark architecture with a renewed focus on luxury materials, exquisite detailing and exceptional refinement. Positioned in the Sports-Command driving position, Velar’s front seats balance performance-oriented design and support with opulent comfort, and offer up to 20-way adjustment and heating, cooling and massage functions. Meticulously weight-optimised and designed to liberate additional interior space, the seats have also been carefully sculpted for ease of entry and egress to and from the cabin. The 40:20:40 rear seats offer exceptional comfort too, and are available with heating and electric recline options. The optional four-zone climate control and cabin air ionisation system make the Velar’s interior an even more comfortable place to be for all occupants. The instrument panel’s strong, horizontal beam is the defining element of Velar’s interior architecture. It rakes back dramatically towards the windscreen to create the fastest angle of any Land Rover and underlines Velar’s dynamic driving characteristics. The slender air vents reinforce Velar’s reductive, technology-enabled design. Showcased in the centre are the two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens of the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The thin capacitive polycarbonate precisely follows the subtle curvature of the instrument panel for seamless, perfectly flush surface integration. Integrating the Terrain Response and Terrain Response 2 controls into Touch Pro Duo eliminates the traditional dial and hard buttons, creating extra space in the centre console and further emphasising the visually-reductive approach that drives every aspect of the Velar’s design. The infotainment system features two multi-function rotary controllers and are distinguished by their tactile, rubberised outer surface, Satin Chrome bezels and seamlessly-integrated digital display screens. The rotary transmission controller rises silently from the centre console on start-up. In front of the driver are twin-analogue dials with a 5-inch TFT display between them, or, as standard from SE specification and above, a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display. This high-definition virtual instrument cluster delivers a rich, high-technology experience and allows the driver to prioritise key information: a two-dial layout with an information panel in the centre, a one-dial layout flanked by dual information displays, or a full-map view. Key information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and active safety system warnings can also be displayed to the driver using the latest-generation full-colour head-up display. The virtual images projected onto the windscreen appear to hover some two metres in front of the driver, allowing the driver to quickly and easily process the information while remaining focused on the road ahead. The steering wheel features capacitive switches which benefit from situation-based options and even allow the driver to programme specific functions.
Authentic materials, innovative details mark the contemporary Range Rover Velar
Authentic materials of the finest quality and contemporary finishes underline Velar’s luxury status. The cockpit’s distinctive horizontal architecture is celebrated with a new embossed Cut Diamond signature design, which flows from the instrument panel through to the door casings to emphasise the width of the spacious cabin. The new design is subtly echoed throughout the interior: the Windsor Leather and Premium Textile seats feature a perforated interpretation, and the Cut Diamond motif forms an integral part of the stainless steel speaker frets’ structure on the Meridian 17- and 23-speaker audio systems. Unique to the luxury SUV segment, the innovative Premium Textile seat material is offered as a no-cost alternative to leather upholstery. Developed with Kvadrat, Europe’s leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles, this sustainable material comes in Dapple Grey and features wool-blend textile contrasted with a Suedecloth insert available in Light Oyster or Ebony. The Suedecloth fibres are created from recycled plastic bottles and crafted into a textured non-woven material that’s soft to the touch. An advanced coating system ensures the Premium Textile interior passes Land Rover’s most rigorous tests for durability, and be easily cleaned. Standard models feature Suedecloth and Luxtec upholstery with distinctive twin-needle stitching. S and SE models upgrade to high-quality, perforated grained leather. The top HSE specification is equipped with luxuriously soft perforated Windsor leather, which extends to the instrument panel and door casings. Perfectly-crafted trim finishers celebrate the natural look and texture of authentic materials. Choices include Satin Blonde Linear veneer, which is pale-stained and has a satin feel open-pore finish to give a very modern, airy character, and the prestigious Argento Pin-stripe, which is distinguished by its high-gloss finish and silver streaks to emphasise the wood grain. Another highlight is Carbon Fibre Copper weave trim, created by weaving carbon fibre and copper filaments together under a high gloss finish to signify sporting luxury. Ambient LED lighting casts a soft glow over the interior, subtly highlighting the strong architectural lines and authentic materials for a calming atmosphere. Configurable ambient lighting technology offers a choice of 10 different colour options.
Versatility remains a key strength to the latest Range Rover models
While refinement is the priority for any Range Rover interior, versatility remains a key strength. The inherent package-efficiency engineered into the Velar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, together with the 2,874mm wheelbase delivers exceptional interior space for all occupants. The split, sliding front centre armrest allows row-one occupants to individually adjust each half, and concealed underneath is a cubby with a cupholder and 4-litres of storage space. Another cupholder is located under a flush-fitting cover next to the rotary transmission controller. The cooled glovebox provides 7.5-litres of storage. Row-one occupants have access to two USB ports and three 12V power sockets for charging mobile devices. A further 12V socket can be specified in the front of the cabin, along with an additional two USB ports for row-two. Deep, wide stowage compartments in the lower door casings have been designed to accommodate 750ml drinks bottles with ease. The centre console provides additional storage behind the lower touchscreen – ideal for concealing smartphones and keys from view. The luggage compartment delivers an impressive 673-litres of space. The 40:20:40 row-two seat features a ski-flap to enable long items to be through-loaded, and with the rear seats folded flat, the Velar provides up to 1,731-litres of room from a load space measuring 1,795mm long by 1,247mm wide. Remote release levers are located in the luggage compartment to make lowering the rear seats even more convenient. The gesture-controlled power tailgate option makes loading bulky or heavy objects into the luggage compartment easier and more convenient: rather than reach for the keyfob or pressing the release button on the tailgate, customers have only to make a kicking gesture under the rear bumper; sensors detect this movement and trigger the tailgate to open. Another innovative technology designed to make life easier is Land Rover’s Activity Key – a waterproof, shockproof wristband with integrated transponder – which allows customers to enjoy sports and outdoor pursuits such as running, cycling or kayaking without having to carry the standard key fob. Holding the Activity Key up to the Land Rover badge on the tailgate simultaneously locks the vehicle and disables any keyfobs left inside, so they can be left securely behind while you enjoy your active lifestyle. Activity Key has no battery, so you never have to worry about changing it.
World debut: Touch Pro Duo infotainment system in the new Range Rover Velar
The Velar debuts the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which is the most advanced ever developed by Jaguar Land Rover and is truly state-of-the-art. Touch Pro Duo features two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens that form the centrepiece of the beautifully minimalist cabin, and blends a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled performance and functionality. Located in the instrument panel’s horizontal beam, the upper touchscreen’s menu is divided into three panels for navigation, media and phone. Interaction is as intuitive as using a tablet or a smartphone: swiping across the screen to change between menus, pinching to zoom in and out, and with pressing and scrolling across the screen to pan across maps. Each function can be individually selected and displayed on the main part of the screen to provide more detailed information and user options. A side panel provides access for up to five frequently used functions: navigation, media, phone, news and weather. A permanent menu bar in the lower portion of the screen provides easy access to the home menu, vehicle settings and parking aids. Gently curved to lie perfectly flush with the surrounding structure, the upper screen can tilt through 30 degrees, allowing the driver to set it at the perfect position. The screen returns to the flush position when the ignition is switched off and automatically adjusts to the previously selected angle when the ignition is switched on again. The lower touchscreen is integrated within the centre console and manages features including the climate control and Terrain Response functions. To make operation as easy and intuitive as possible there are no moving images and no complex menus – the touchscreen provides direct inputs to seat temperature controls, for example. The two touchscreens are complemented by two tactile rotary controllers. These are reconfigurable to enable them to perform several functions, such as adjusting cabin air temperature, massage seat settings or the Terrain Response mode. Between them is a dial for controlling the audio system. A row of capacitive switches is positioned below the rotaries to control maximum A/C and defrost settings, plus Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control functions. Lit in white when not in use, when pressed the switches p illuminate in amber. Touch Pro Duo’s reductive design and outstanding performance are enabled by the very latest technologies. The HD touchscreens use optical bonding to allow a curved surface while at the same time delivering exceptional image quality: suspending the flat TFT display in an optical resin eliminates the air gaps that can otherwise cause reflections and parallax images. An Intel quad core processor, high-speed 60GB solid-state drive and ultra-fast Ethernet network are at the heart of Touch Pro Duo’s world-class performance and functionality, and together with the touchscreen design and rotary controllers, deliver an unrivalled user experience.
Touch Pro Duo is also designed to keep you connected, with 4G connectivity enables a host of features, functions and location-based services that make every journey easier, more enjoyable and more relaxing. Use the online search to find your destination and the system can tell you if you have enough fuel to complete the journey. If not, you will be alerted and filling stations on the route that are within range will be shown on the map – tapping on one is all it takes to set it as a waypoint. Fuel prices can also be shown, and even the filling station brand. Real-time traffic information helps you to avoid congestion and plan alternative routes. But if you are delayed, Touch Pro Duo’s Share ETA Mode can send your location and estimated time of arrival to chosen contacts via email or text message. If your journey time slips, the system can automatically send further updates. Commute Mode learns your daily drive so that, using both historical and real-time traffic information, it can suggest alternative routes and help you to reach your destination on time. When you approach the end of your journey, Arrival Mode shows a 360° interactive view of your destination alongside the main map display using street level imagery. If desired, the system can then find you a nearby parking space and direct you straight to it. A route planning app enables you to programme a route in advance on a smartphone, which will then automatically be uploaded to the system once you’re in the vehicle. And because Touch Pro Duo provides true door-to-door routing, it can help you complete the final stage of your journey on foot or using public transport by seamlessly transferring guidance back to your phone once you park the vehicle. For enhanced connectivity, Touch Pro Duo also features a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. InControl Apps also allows owners to access compatible apps from iOS and Android devices – such as the latest Spotify app – using the system’s upper touchscreen. Customers can also interact with the Velar remotely – from anywhere in the world. The InControl Remote app allows the owner to lock and unlock their vehicle, check how much fuel is in the tank or where the vehicle is parked using a smartphone or smartwatch. It’s even possible to start the engine and set the climate control system or park heater remotely. Secure Tracker technology allows the owner to track a stolen vehicle using the Land Rover app on their smartphone. If the vehicle is broken into or moved illegally, the app will alert the driver and the monitoring centre to help pinpoint and recover it as soon as possible. Even if the vehicle is stolen using the keys, the owner can alert the tracking call centre using the smartphone app. Drivers gain extra peace of mind thanks to SOS Emergency call technology with Automatic Collision Detection and Optimised Assistance. In the event of an emergency, an SOS call notifies the emergency services of the location of the vehicle. Should the vehicle break down, Optimised Assistance transmits its GPS location and vehicle diagnostics data to a recovery company.
Perfect sound in the new and luxurious Range Rover Velar
As well as offering unrivalled connectivity, the Velar offers a choice of four premium audio systems, each one developed to integrate perfectly with Velar’s cabin and deliver exceptional sound quality, most of all the 1,600W Signature Sound System developed with renowned British audio experts Meridian. This state-of-the-art surround sound system delivers an unparalleled listening experience for all occupants through 23 perfectly placed speakers, enhanced with Audyssey MultEQ XTdigital audio tuning and Trifield 3D sound processing technology. These combine to produce a truly immersive experience which perfectly reproduces the original recording. Customers can also specify the fully integrated Rear Seat Entertainment system which comprises two 8-inch HD touchscreens in true 15:9 widescreen format, two remote controls and two sets of WhiteFire-connected wireless headphones. The screens are independent, so each one can play a different movie or, where available, digital TV channel. The twin USB 3.0 ports or the HDMI and HDMI/MHL connectors enable rear-seat occupants to stream media from smartphones and tablets. Front-seat occupants can select and monitor the content shown on the rear screens, and can also turn off individual screens, if desired.
Advanced driver-assistance systems
An array of advanced driver-assistance systems is fitted as standard or offered as optional equipment to make every journey in the Velar safer and more comfortable. One of the most important technologies is Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). A forward-facing stereo camera inside the windscreen monitors the road in front of the vehicle: if the AEB system determines that a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent then full braking is triggered automatically, helping to avoid the collision altogether, or to mitigate the effects. The driver also receives visual and audible warnings before braking is initiated. The stereo camera is also used for the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) functions. By monitoring road markings and the driver’s use of the indicators, these systems can help to prevent the driver from drifting out of lane: LDW can issue a haptic warning though the steering wheel, while LKA goes further and can apply a small amount of counter-steering to keep the vehicle in its lane. The steering torque is easily overcome if required. Driver Condition Monitoring measures steering inputs, throttle and brake application and analyses lane departure and the driver’s use of direction indicators. If the system’s algorithms determine from the data that the driver is drowsy – for example from periods of no steering followed by sudden, sharp inputs – a coffee cup symbol is shown in the instrument cluster to encourage them to take a break. Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) uses the stereo camera to read speed limit signs, which are then displayed in the instrument cluster and, if fitted, the head-up display. TSR intelligently adapts to temporary limits in roadworks, and to the lower speed limits applicable in some countries during wet weather, or if the vehicle is towing a trailer. Reverse Traffic Detection uses radar to monitor vehicles approaching from either side of the vehicle when reversing. An orange warning illuminates in the door mirrors to alert the driver to any potential danger. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist and Intelligent Emergency Braking reduces driver workload when cruising on the motorway or driving in traffic. ACC maintains a set cruising speed, or a driver-selectable gap to the vehicle ahead if the leading vehicle’s speed is lower. The technology ensures the vehicle will come to a complete stop when the vehicle ahead does. If the driver then presses the accelerator, the Velar will pull away and track the vehicle in front all the way up to the chosen speed setting, where conditions allow. If the system detects that a potential frontal collision with another vehicle may occur, it will display an alert to warm the driver to brake. If the driver doesn’t react, the system will deploy the brakes to reduce the severity of the potential impact. The 360° Parking Aid makes it easy for drivers to manoeuvre the vehicle in tight spaces. Ultrasonic sensors located around the car are automatically triggered when Reverse is selected, or can be manually activated, with a graphic appearing on the touchscreen showing an overhead view of the car. The touchscreen display and audio feedback indicates the proximity of obstacles. Park Assist identifies suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spaces using ultrasonic sensor, and alerts the driver with a message in the instrument cluster. Once the driver accepts the parking location, the vehicle steers itself on both entry to and – in the case of parallel parking spaces – exit from the space while the driver just controls the accelerator, brakes and selects either Drive or Reverse.
Towing made simpler and safer
Every vehicle wearing the Land Rover badge must offer exemplary towing ability: the Velar is no exception. With a towing capacity of up to 2,500kg, and technologies already proven on the new Discovery that make this inherent ability even more accessible, the Velar is the most useable tow vehicle in its class. The semi-autonomous Advanced Tow Assist function enables all drivers to perform potentially difficult reversing manoeuvres with ease. Instead of steering and counter steering as normal, the driver simply guides the trailer into position using the infotainment system’s rotary controller – Advanced Tow Assist calculates all necessary steering inputs. First, the driver must configure the system through the touchscreen by entering key trailer details. Then, responsive trajectory lines appear on the touchscreen from the feed from cameras in the door mirrors, showing the anticipated direction of the trailer. By steering the trailer using the infotainment system’s rotary controller and by operating the pedals, the driver can reverse park trailers with ease because the system calculates all of the necessary steering inputs. It will also alert the driver if the requested steering input is excessive and could cause a jackknife. Hitch Assist makes it easier to hook up the vehicle to the trailer. Using the surround cameras, the touchscreen displays the rear towbar and recognises the trailer mounting point. The display then zooms in, showing a trajectory line, which responds to steering wheel inputs to help the driver to guide the vehicle into place. The Trailer Light Test feature enables drivers to test trailer lights without help from others by pulsing them while they are standing outside the vehicle. The system can be activated with a button in the luggage compartment or by using the touchscreen.
The new Range Rover Velar stands for outstanding capability on- and off-road
Engineering integrity is at the heart of every Land Rover. Engineered in the UK and developed and tested in the harshest conditions around the world, Velar upholds that core philosophy. The result is a mid-size luxury SUV that provides outstanding dynamics and refinement, unparalleled all-terrain capability and total dependability. Velar’s advanced chassis offers the ultimate in comfort, dynamics and all-terrain capability. The sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension follows sports car design principles, with knuckles and bearings engineered for particularly high stiffness to deliver exemplary steering and handling response and precision. Aluminium is used extensively to save weight, while steel front lower control arms provide maximum durability in challenging off-road conditions. An Integral Link rear axle with forged aluminium toe links and upper control arms delivers the high lateral stiffness needed for exceptional handling precision, together with the longitudinal compliance needed for outstanding ride comfort and refinement. Integral Link is the most sophisticated and most capable rear suspension system available, and the design is also highly space-efficient, minimising intrusion into the luggage compartment. The suspension systems also offer outstanding wheel articulation and ensure that the Velar can outperform the competition no matter what the terrain. With an approach angle of up to 28.89 degrees, breakover angle of up to 23.5 degrees and a departure angle of up to 29.5 degrees, and a maximum wading depth of 650mm (600mm for coil spring suspension), the Velar sets new standards for off-road capability in the mid-size SUV segment. The Velar is offered with coil springs as standard on four-cylinder models, and a ground clearance of 213mm. Four-corner air suspension as an option on the four-cylinder 240PS diesel and 300PS petrol, and as standard on all six-cylinder models. This system delivers truly outstanding comfort and significantly increased off-road capability. The air suspension’s ride height drops by 10mm when cruising at speeds above105km/h (65mph) to reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore improve fuel efficiency. The Auto Access Height function automatically lowers the suspension by 40mm when the ignition is turned off, making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. Off-road mode increases the ride height by 46mm compared to Normal mode at speeds below 50km/h (32mph) for a class-leading ground clearance of 251mm, but automatically lowers by 18mm between 50-80km/h (32-50mph) to provide an ideal combination of stability, comfort and ground clearance during longer journeys on rutted, unpaved roads or surfaces. The air suspension also helps drivers when wading too. The Grounding Detection function can automatically raise the vehicle to help clear underwater obstacles which the driver may not have been able to see. The additional ground clearance can be requested by pressing the brake pedal and a button on the touchscreen. And because air suspension is self-levelling, it maintains the optimum ride height when towing or carrying heavy loads, improving occupant comfort. It also brings benefits when hitching a trailer, or when loading or unloading: controls inside the luggage compartment allow the suspension to be raised or lowered by 50mm respectively. Adaptive Dynamics is standard on all models. By monitoring wheel movement 500 times per second, and body movements 100 times per second, the system continuously varies the damping forces at all four corners of vehicle. This ensures that suspension stiffness is optimised for the driving conditions, improving ride comfort and handling – there’s even a specific calibration for off-road driving.
Configurable Dynamics: a tailored driving experience
Standard on First Edition models and available across the range, Configurable Dynamics allows the driver to tailor vehicle settings to their individual preference using the touchscreen. In Dynamic mode’s default setting, throttle response is increased, gear shifts anticipate a sportier driving style, the suspension stiffens and power-steering assistance is reduced for extra driver feedback. Configurable Dynamics allows each parameter to be individually adjusted, so increased throttle response can be combined with, for example, the default suspension setting. Dynamic-I information is also displayed in the touchscreen and shows g, stopwatch and the throttle pedal activation, helping enthusiasts to make the most of their driving experiences.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering: response and efficiency
The Velar’s Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system has been developed for exceptional driver feedback, precision and feel. Optimised friction and inertia compensation algorithms ensure completely intuitive steering responses, and an active return system promotes a natural self-centring effect as the steering returns to the straight-ahead position. The variable-ratio system also ensures that the driver benefits from greater responsiveness the more they turn the wheel. EPAS improves efficiency as well as the driving experience: because it only uses energy when the wheel is turned, it can cut fuel consumption by as much as three per cent on the European combined cycle compared to hydraulic systems. The Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB) system, standard on all models, further enhances agility. If the system detects the onset of understeer during corner entry it can initiate light braking of the inside wheels – in particular the inside rear – to help the driver to maintain an ideal line through the corner. TVB is also beneficial at lower speeds when driving on slippery surfaces such as mud or snow.
Unrivalled capability: All-Wheel Drive system and traction technologies
Velar is equipped with a range of advanced technology to deliver exceptional composure and agility on-road, and class-leading capability off-road. The most significant of these is an intelligent, efficient, torque on-demand all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, which provides the optimum torque distribution to suit the conditions, whether dynamic driving on tarmac roads or pulling away on polished ice. The system is built around a single-speed transfer case featuring a multi-plate wet clutch and a chain drive to the front axle. Designed to be compact and quiet in operation, the transfer case’s main advantage is its speed: depending on conditions it can make the transition from 100 per cent rear bias to fully locked in only 165 milliseconds; transient torque delivery to the front axle can take as little as 100 milliseconds. This makes the AWD system incredibly responsive, which delivers exceptional performance in all conditions. Torque distribution between the front and rear axles is managed by Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), a highly-sophisticated control system developed in-house. IDD takes information from a number of sensors around the vehicle, including steering wheel angle, throttle position, yaw rate and lateral acceleration. Using this data, IDD continuously estimates the friction between the tyre contact patch and the surface – and how much of the available grip is being exploited. With this level of intelligence, IDD can use both pre-emptive and reactive control strategies in order to optimise torque distribution, maximising traction and also enhancing vehicle dynamics. To make IDD even more effective, it is networked to the vehicle’s Dynamic Stability Control system, Torque Vectoring System and – where fitted – the Active Locking Rear Differential. The Active Locking Rear Differential, which is available on all six-cylinder models, also delivers benefits on- and off-road. Electronic control of the wet clutch pack means that the differential can optimise the torque distribution between the rear wheels as a function of load transfer and surface friction: this maximises traction during launch and corner exit, and when traversing challenging off-road terrains. Land Rover’s world-leading Terrain Response system allows the driver to adjust vehicle settings to suit prevailing surface conditions, with a choice of Eco, Comfort, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, Sand, and – on R-Dynamic models – Dynamic mode. Each alters the calibration of the engine, transmission, all-wheel drive system, suspension, and stability control systems for optimum traction and composure.
The even more advanced Terrain Response 2, standard on First Edition models and available as an option on all others, also has an automatic setting to make it even simpler for drivers to fully exploit the vehicle’s capability because it automatically selects the best Terrain Response mode for any given surface. In a Land Rover-first, the Terrain Response systems are accessed not through a dedicated controller but using the driver’s reconfigurable infotainment system rotary controller, or directly through the touchscreen itself. This intelligent system integration contributes to the clean, uncluttered design of the centre console. A comprehensive portfolio of off-road technologies supports Velar’s class-leading all-terrain capability. All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) functions like a low-speed cruise control and provides added composure in adverse conditions by managing vehicle speed, allowing the driver to concentrate solely on steering the vehicle – use of the throttle and brake is not required. The system is activated with the press of a button, and the desired speed set using the cruise control switches on the steering wheel. ATPC works in both forward and reverse gears and is operational from 3.6km/h to 30km/h (2.2mph to 18mph). It is particularly beneficial in challenging off-road environments where a constant crawl speed is desirable in order to maintain vehicle composure and occupant comfort. Low Traction Launch is designed to help drivers pull away smoothly from a standstill on very slippery surfaces. Activated through the infotainment system’s lower touchscreen, Low Traction Launch provides a very progressive throttle pedal calibration, reducing the possibility of wheelspin. Above 30km/h (18mph), the throttle calibration automatically reverts back to the Terrain Response setting that was previously selected. Hill Descent Control (HDC) uses the ABS system to maintain a controlled vehicle speed on steep inclines without driver intervention. HDC incorporates Gradient Release Control to progressively release the brakes when moving away on an incline. The latest development of the 4x4i menu offers slope information – displaying the degree of incline and front and rear camera views – as well as familiar information such as steering wheel angle, driveline torque distribution, suspension articulation, and Wade Sensing data.
Refined and efficient powertrains
Every one of the six petrol and diesel engines offered in the Velar is engineered for the ideal blend of performance, refinement and efficiency and meets stringent Euro 6 emissions regulations. All are matched to smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive to deliver the effortless, composed driving experience synonymous with all Range Rover vehicles.
Ingenium diesels: Low fuel consumption, high torque
Two versions of Jaguar Land Rover’s clean, refined four-cylinder Ingenium diesel are offered, each delivering high levels of torque from low engine speeds, ensuring excellent responsiveness and acceleration whenever the driver demands it. Features such as the highly rigid crankcase, twin balancer shafts and active fluid-filled engine mounts ensure superb refinement. Both of these 2.0-litre engines share the same inherently efficient, low friction design, and benefit from features such as a split-cooling system and electronically-controlled coolant pump for rapid warm-up and therefore reduced fuel consumption. Variable exhaust cam timing helps the aftertreatment system to reach operating temperature as quickly as possible, reducing emissions. And both feature state-of-the-art technologies to cut NOx emissions. The sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system uses a cooled low-pressure circuit in addition to a high-pressure circuit: this reduces pumping losses, and therefore increases efficiency still further, and also reduces peak combustion temperatures to help reduce the formation of NOx in the cylinders. The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system cuts tailpipe emissions of NOx to very low levels. The system injects AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid into the exhaust gas, where it reacts with the NOx and converts it into harmless nitrogen and water, ensuring that the Ingenium diesels comply with the stringent limits of Euro 6. The most efficient version of the engine, known as D180, features a 1,800bar common-rail system and a single variable geometry turbocharger, ensuring clean, quiet efficient combustion and excellent response from low engine speeds. Developing 180PS and maximum torque of 430Nm from 1,500rpm, this engine delivers flexible performance and outstanding efficiency: acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 8.9 seconds (0-60mph in 8.4 seconds), with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 52.5mpg (5.4-litres/100km) and 142g/km respectively on the European combined cycle. For greater performance without sacrificing efficiency, drivers can choose the more powerful Ingenium diesel: the D240. Equipped two turbochargers – Jaguar Land Rover’s first application of a series-sequential boosting system – and a 2,200bar common-rail system, this engine produces 240PS and an exceptional 500Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. This enables acceleration from 0-100km/h in only 7.3 seconds (0-60mph in 6.8 seconds). Figures of 48.7mpg (5.8-litres/100km) and 154g/km CO2 are equally impressive.
Extraordinary torque: V6 diesel with 700Nm
The latest 3.0-litre V6 diesel – the D300 – delivers benchmark refinement with exceptional efficiency and outstanding performance, thanks to a potent 300PS and astonishing maximum torque of 700Nm. This remarkable engine can take the Velar from 0-100km/h in only 6.5 seconds (0-60mph in 6.1 seconds) on the way to a maximum speed of 241km/h (150mph). Fuel consumption and emissions figures are 44.1mpg (6.4-litres/100km) and 167g/km CO2. This combination of power and efficiency is enabled by a package of advanced technologies. The 2,000bar piezo common-rail system ensures highly precise injection for optimised atomisation and mixing of the fuel droplets, boosting output and reducing emissions. Response from the innovative parallel-sequential turbocharging system has been improved with highly optimised compressor wheel, turbine and variable nozzle designs, delivering even stronger torque output at lower engine speeds. State-of-the-art ceramic ball bearings are used in the primary turbo to reduce friction, resulting in an even more rapid build-up of torque and truly effortless acceleration. Like the four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines, this V6 is equipped with both high-pressure EGR and cooled low-pressure EGR systems and an SCR system to cut NOx emissions and ensure Euro 6 compliance.
Four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines: performance and efficiency
Velar is one of the first applications for Jaguar Land Rover’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines, designed to offer smooth, refined performance. Technologies including an integrated exhaust manifold, 200bar direct injection system and twin-scroll turbocharger are key to the engines’ responsiveness and efficiency. The engines also feature electrohydraulic control of the inlet valves. This cutting-edge technology enables variable valve lift, so load control is managed primarily by the intake valves rather than the throttle. This reduces pumping losses and provides unmatched flexibility and control over airflow into the combustion chambers, improving power and torque, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. Known as the P250, the first of the two new petrol engines develops peak power of 250PS and high maximum torque of 365Nm, which is maintained from just 1,200rpm to 4,500rpm. This means that the Velar can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds (0-60mph in 6.4 seconds) and return an impressive 37.2mpg (7.6-litres/100km) and 173g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle. For even greater performance – the P300 – is rated at 300PS, and represents the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used in a Land Rover vehicle. It generates a maximum torque of 400Nm, delivering exceptional response at all times and powering Velar from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds (0-60mph in 5.6 seconds). This engine is capable of achieving 36.7mpg (7.7-litres/100km) and 178g/km of CO2 emissions.
Exceptional performance: Supercharged V6 petrol engine
The ultimate engine option for the most demanding drivers is the 3.0-litre supercharged V6. Known as the P380, this all-aluminium petrol engine is equipped with a Twin-Vortex supercharger, direct injection and dual-independent variable-camshaft timing to deliver instantaneous response from idle right up to the redline. Counter-rotating balancer shafts minimise vibration for exceptional refinement. The result is an outstanding 380PS at 6500rpm and 450Nm of torque – enough to accelerate the vehicle from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds (0-60mph in 5.3 seconds) and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph). An impressive 30.1mpg (9.4-litres/100km) and 214g/km CO2 on the European combined cycle underline this powerful engine’s exceptional breadth of capability. The unique exhaust note has been meticulously tuned to deliver an engaging but discreet confirmation of the power available to the driver on full throttle, and be superbly refined and relaxing at a cruise.
Smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmissions
Every Velar is equipped with a responsive and smooth eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with paddleshift controls. Four-cylinder engines are matched to the 8HP 45 transmission, which feature an integral pendulum damper. This device dramatically reduces the booming and vibration typically experienced when running in high gears at low engine speeds, and therefore contributes to the Velar’s low fuel consumption and quiet, refined cabin. The six-cylinders are paired with the 8HP 70 transmission, which is engineered to manage the higher torque ratings of these larger displacement engines. All engines benefit from bespoke transmission calibrations, ensuring optimum fuel efficiency and the most rewarding and intuitive shift characteristics.
Lightweight Aluminium Architecture of the new Range Rover Velar: stiff, strong, safe
Velar’s aluminium-intensive monocoque body is developed using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. This modular design, which features an intelligent mix of materials, is fundamental to the Velar’s refinement, efficiency and all-terrain capability. Aluminium alloys account for more than 81 per cent of the body-in-white – a figure no competitor can match. Carefully selected grades and types of materials are specified throughout the structure to deliver the optimum balance of strength, stiffness and weight. The use of 6000-series high-strength aluminium alloy bodysides enabled a reduction in panel thickness from 1.5mm to 1.1mm, saving weight without compromising strength. The aluminium roof helps to lower the centre of gravity, improving ride and handling. High-pressure die castings are used to form highly complex parts such as the front suspension turrets. High-strength steels are used for selected rear body sections, and are joined to the adjacent aluminium panels with self-piercing rivets and structural adhesive. This clean and energy-efficient joining technology contributes to the body’s high torsional stiffness. Lightweight magnesium alloys are used to make the front-end carrier and cross-car beam, while the tailgate is made from advanced composite materials. The Velar’s body structure also delivers high levels of crash protection safety was developed to meet the most demanding crash tests regulations worldwide. The protection afforded by the extremely rigid passenger cell is complemented by a restraints system featuring six airbags: driver and passenger airbags, side airbags that deploy from the front seats and curtain airbags spanning the front and rear seats. Pedestrian impact protection was a priority too, and the material grade and form of the aluminium bonnet were developed to ensure progressive absorption of energy and optimised clearance from hard points in the engine compartment.
Aerodynamically-efficient: the most streamlined Land Rover
The Velar’s aluminium-intensive form is not just light and stiff: it’s also exceptionally streamlined. Close collaboration from the outset between the Design and Engineering teams, together with exhaustive computational fluid dynamics simulation and wind tunnel testing, delivered a drag coefficient from just 0.32. This makes the Velar the most aerodynamic Land Rover, and contributes significantly to its exceptional refinement and fuel efficiency. Every last detail has been honed in order to let the Velar pass through the air with minimal resistance: for example, even the ridge on the taillights has been designed induce clean separation of airflow from the bodysides, which in turn results in a cleaner wake structure and therefore reduce drag. Specially-designed air channels in the rear spoiler both cut drag and the accumulation of dirt on the rear screen – by up to 90 per cent. Active vanes for the lower cooling aperture remain closed during the engines’ warm up phase, allowing it to reach operating temperature more quickly. But the vanes also close in conditions when additional cooling is no longer required – such as a steady-state cruise – which also reduces drag. Apertures in the front bumper direct air around the front wheels to reduce turbulence, contributing to further drag reductions. The flow of air around the vehicle has been optimised in terms of lift too: as a result, the lift balance front-to-rear is an ideal 50:50, helping to further improve stability and steering feel at higher speeds, delivering even greater driver confidence.