Tata Motors-owned luxury and sports utility vehicle brand Jaguar Land Rover India Limited (JLRIL) is all set to storm into the new year 2018 with a big bang. Jaguar Land Rover has officially launched its fourth SUV in the Range Rover line up, the all-new Range Rover Velar in India, with a starting price of Rs 78.83 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base variant going all the way up to the top-spec first edition which is priced at Rs 138 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the all-new Range Rover SUV were opened in December last year.
Velare, a word derived from Latin, which means ‘to cover’ or ‘veil’, Velar refers to the code name used for the original, pre-production Range Rovers of the late 1960s.
The new Range Rover Velar fits right between the family’s already launched famous SUVs, the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Available in three different powertrains, the new Velar is all set to compete against the big guns like Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE class, Porsche Macan and even the other sibling from the JLR family, the Jaguar f-Pace. The new Velar is aimed at expanding the Jaguar Land Rover’s share in the SUV market over Rs 40 lakh from 15-16 percent to 25 percent.
In terms of exterior design, the new Range Rover Velar looks a lot like the rest of the Range Rover family, but the company has carefully concentrated on giving it a distinct identity. The new Velar gets Matrix laser technology for the headlights with a very signature Range Rover LED DRLs and a huge cross-mesh style front-grille and quad tail lights with ‘Range Rover’ script doing their duty on the rear. The new Velar is also one of the most aggressive looking SUVs on the block with its angular vented bumper and elongated side-slit design elements running right from the fender to the front doors. The sleek, swept-back design combined with the large 20-inch wheels give the new Velar a modern coupe-type look while maintaining the sanctity of the rugged feel.
Still not highly impressed? Then step inside, as the new Range Rover Velar’s spacious interior greets you with a premium leather upholstery along with two dashboard flush mounted 10-inch screens which activate when the car is started. The new Velar is equipped with a new ‘Touch-Pro Duo’ infotainment system which claims to provide unmatched luxury in the segment. The upper screen is the conventional infotainment system for controlling features like media interface, navigation and reverse camera display modes. The lower screen, on the other hand, features controls for multi-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and seats recline, heating and cooling function. The SUV further gets 20-way adjustable front seats with memory function and power gesture tailgate for extreme comfort and premium feel.
The new Velar also features a Terrain Response System, a first in the Range Rover family with selectable drive modes namely Eco, Comfort, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, Sand and Dynamic.
Under the hood, the new Velar is powered by three engine variants. The entry-level model of the new Velar comes fitted with a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine which produces either 178 bhp of power and 430 Nm of torque or 237 bhp of power and 500 Nm of torque. The more prominent diesel engine that will power the higher variants will be a 3.0-litre V6 mill with a power output figures of 300 bhp of power and 700 Nm of peak torque. The petrol motor is going to be a 2.0 litre Ingenium engine available in two states of tune, the first variant churning out 247 bhp of power and 365 Nm of torque while the other more powerful option producing an output of 296 bhp of Power and a peak torque of 400 Nm. Another 3.0-litre petrol supercharged V6 variant with a 375 bhp/450 Nm power and torque figures which will be equipped with a sportier exhaust note, specially tuned for the Velar. There is no list of transmission options, and all the engines will come mated to the ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox.