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2017 Geneva Motor Show: Range Rover Velar revealed

By Anna Kantilaftas, 02 Mar 2017 Car News

Range Rover Velar driving

Land Rover adds a new variant to its Range Rover line-up with the handsome Velar, revealed ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.

LAND Rover has revealed details of its fourth-addition to the growing Range Rover family, the Range Rover Velar.

Launched at a special event in London ahead of next week’s Geneva Motor Show debut, the Velar will slot into the line-up between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport.

2017 Range Rover Velar

While the Velar is related to the Jaguar F-Pace, underpinned by the same technology, it’s expected to have better off-road ability given the brand’s reputation, and that it’s built on the same aluminium iQ platform as the Range Rover Sport.

It features Range Rover cues such as a floating roof and box-like lines, but unlike its tougher looking siblings, the Velar has a smoother, sleeker design, giving it better aerodynamics and a more slimline appearance.

2017 Range Rover Velar interior

Add in chrome trim, sloping roofline, laser LED headlights, copper-coloured details on the front bumper and flush doorhandles, and the Velar stands on its own four tyres as one of the most stylish and aerodynamic Range Rovers yet.

The new Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to our brand while reinforcing our total commitment to design and engineering excellence,” said Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern.

Inside the Velar, there are two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens to make usability as easy as possible and offer a less distracting experience for drivers having to navigate their way around a single-screen system.

Range Rover Velar dashboard

Designed with a modern, sophistication, the Velar offers a “sustainable, premium textile seat material” over leather, and a range of trims and colour schemes.

The Velar will come with five engine offerings: two four-cylinder diesel engines with 132kW and 177kW, a new four-cylinder 184kW petrol engine and a 280kW supercharged V6  petrol engine. Joining the line-up later in the year will be a 221kW version of the four-cylinder petrol engine. No announcements have yet been made as to which will make their way to Australia.

Sales are expected to start midway through this year, with the range stretching from $70,300 to $135,000 for the top-spec model.