GENEVA-BOUND: Range Rover will show off its new Velar model at the 2017 Geneva motor show. Image: Newspress
Pretoria – The new Range Rover Velar, positioned between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport, will arrive in South Africa later in 2017.
The Velar features an all-wheel drive system, four-corner air suspension, class-leading ground clearance of 251mm (213mm with coil springs), wading depth of 650mm (600mm with coil springs) and Land Rover’s unmatched suite of traction technologies including Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control.
The range comprises six petrol and diesel powertrains, all matched to ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive.
Four-cylinder Ingenium diesels are offered in 132kW and 177kW variants, both generating 500Nm. These engines are joined by the new, highly-advanced four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine which delivers 184kW and enables acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds. An even more powerful, 221kW variant will join the Velar range in early 2018.
The V6 diesel combines 700Nm of torque for effortless acceleration and off-road capability with CO2 emissions of 167g/km. The 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine combines exhilarating performance with a unique soundtrack and enables the Velar to reach 100km/h in only 5.7 seconds, before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core range comprises Standard, S, SE and HSE specifications. European customers can also specify Black and Luxury Exterior Packs.
The Velar will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility, UK. Land Rover says full details and pricing will be released closer to its launch.
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The Velar features Touch Pro Duo comprising two 25cm high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind secret-until-lit surfaces.
The Velar boasts 673-litres of space (558-litres with a spare wheel).
According to Land Rover: "The light, stiff, aluminium-intensive body, together with double-wishbone front- and Integral Link rear suspension . It also delivers exceptional levels of crash protection, and the Velar has been developed to meet the most demanding crash test regulations worldwide."
On the safety front, the Velar features six airbags, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist and an Adaptive Speed Limiter, the Velar integrates the latest safety technology.