The Range Rover Sport has been an all-time favourite with the Evogue following suite after its launch in 2011, both equally popular. Little did we know that a sweet spot in-between these two needed filling. Welcome to the world, Velar!
Straight off the run way
If Range Rover decided to hit the cat walks of Europe and bring out a high fashion collection, the Velar would be it. The Velar charms you from the get-go. The grill carries presence without being overly designed, it still screams Range Rover. The 22inch wheels are a showstopper. Let’s not forget the headline act, door handles that are concealed when locked and slide straight out again when unlocked, both a fashion statement as well as a safety feature, you could say, the future is here. The Velar comes with sustainable, premium textile seat material opposed to the usual leather.
The Velar sports 2 x 10inch touch screens. Both screens are fully functional. From normal day-to-day functions like climate control, multimedia setup, seat adjustments and massages (yes, you heard me right!) as well as selecting your drive terrain, it’s all there at your fingertips.
The Land Rover family loves going off-road, they certainly have what it takes to take on tricky terrains with the least amount of effort. The Velar, with its enticing 251mm ground clearance, is just the motivation you need to explore rocky terrains. Traction technologies like Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control places a lot of faith in the Velars capabilities to handle the roads less travelled.
Couple this with an all-wheel-drive system and four-corner air suspension and you have a seasoned rock climber on your hands. Both diesel and petrol engines are on offer. The diesel engine comes out as a 2.0l, four-cylinder motor producing 132kW and 430Nm. There are two petrol variants kicking out 184Kw and 365Nm, and 221Kw and 400Nm respectively.
The Velar is a stunner. In a class of its own. Not really an SUV and most definitely not a mini SUV, it’s a model that holds its ground on its own and doesn’t share the podium with anyone else. For this your price tag will start at R947 700 going up to R1 172 400 for the VELAR HSE, money well spent. As with all new Land Rover vehicles you’ll get a 5 year/100 000km service plan, a 5 year/100 000km maintenance plan as well as a 5 year/100 000km warranty.