Land Rover has unveiled its latest SUV – the stunning 2018 Range Rover Velar. The 2018 Velar will be positioned in the lineup between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport models. Think of its as a 4/5 scale version of the Range Rover Sport.
Derived from the Latin word Velare meaning ‘to cover’ or ‘veil’, the Velar name is a direct reference to the code name used on the original, pre-production Range Rovers of the late 1960s.
“Velar brings unprecedented glamour, modernity and elegance to the Range Rover family. It’s a vehicle that has emotionally charged DNA and unquestionable pedigree,” stated Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “A new type of Range Rover for a new type of customer.”
Based on Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the Velar is also the most aerodynamic Range Rover yet with its 0.32 coefficient of drag. Under the hood there will be several engine options, including a 247-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 180-hp four-cylinder with 317 pound-feet of torque and a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine with 380-hp. The engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
Inside there’s room for up to five passengers and there’s a new Touch Pro Duo infotainment with two 10-inch touchscreen to control most of the SUVs features. The seats can also be covered in a new premium textile that combines a durable wool-blend fabric with a technical suede cloth made from recycled materials.
The 2018 Velar will arrive later this year with pricing starting at $50,895.