The new Range Rover Velar executive SUV has arrived in South Africa and it’s packed with super-cool technology. These are some of the newcomer's coolest features:
The Velar, the latest member of the Range Rover family is now available in South Africa and it will rival products such as the Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and the Jaguar F-Pace. We attended the local launch this week where we not only drove 3 of the 6 engines options on offer, but we also experienced much of the technology that the Velar has to offer.
We came away quite impressed with the Velar. Not only did it deliver good performance and a comfortable ride on tar, but it also dealt with gravel roads with aplomb. However, the full breadth of its offroad capability is yet to be proven. It’s a refined product with excellent interior build quality and apart from its stylish and elegant design, the Velar is packed with great technological features.
Here are some of the coolest features that the new Velar has to offer.
Flush door handles
Retractable and stylish hidden door handles are a unique feature on the Velar.
Starting with the exterior, perhaps one of the first things you will notice on the Velar is its flush, deployable door handles. Upon unlocking the Velar, the door handles conveniently deploy from the bodywork and retract when the vehicle is locked or on the move. It’s a small detail, but adds significant appeal to the Velar’s overall sleek design. The flush door handles contribute to the Velar’s aerodynamic performance and with an overall drag coefficient of 0.32, the Velar is the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover built to date.
Matrix-Laser LED headlights
A total of 4 LED lighting options are available to buyers with the Matrix-laser LED headlights offering a lighting range of over 500 metres.
LED headlights are standard across the range. However, buyers can choose between 4 different headlight options including the standard LED headlights, Premium LED headlights with signature daytime running lights (DRLs), Matrix LED headlights with signature DRLs and the top-of-the-range Matrix-laser LED headlights with signature DRLs.
The latter offers a laser high beam, static cornering lights, adaptive front lighting, high beam assist and animated indicator lights. The Matrix-laser LED headlights offer excellent illumination and are 5 times more effective than standard LED headlights with a lighting range of over 500 metres.
Comprehensive infotainment system
The two 10-inch touchscreens eliminate most of the buttons in the cabin resulting in an elegant and minimalist interior design.
Stepping inside the Velar, you will notice that there are very few buttons in the cabin. This is because buttons have been replaced with touchscreen technology. The dominant feature inside the Velar is undoubtedly the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. It comprises two 10-inch touchscreens that house all the interior and infotainment functions as well as most of the vehicle’s settings.
The bottom screen allows the user/driver to choose and set various vehicle functions including driving modes and suspension settings and it also controls seat functions and the climate control air conditioning system. The higher screen is dedicated to functions such as navigation, Bluetooth telephony, music and camera viewing. It’s an impressively slick system and it’s very intuitive and easy to use. When not in operation, the top screen folds back into the dashboard.
The lower touchscreen puts most of the vehicle's functions at the driver's fingertips.
A cool option offered on the Velar is the Interactive Driver Display. It’s a 12.3-inch high-definition digital screen with 4 configurable modes that give the driver access to a host of functions such as vital driving information, navigation, media and telephony. There are also two 8-inch viewing screens integrated into front headrests for rear passenger entertainment, as well as wireless headphones and HDMI, MHL and USB connections.
The Velar can go offroad and it has a wading depth limit of 650 mm.
The Velar features a Terrain Response system that can be used in various situations depending on the terrain. The system offers 6 settings including Comfort, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand, ECO and Dynamic mode, all of which can be selected on the lower 10-inch touchscreen. All Terrain Progress Control and Terrain Response 2 are offered as options. Another handy feature is Wade Sensing (optional) which uses ultrasonic sensors to warn the driver (visually and audibly) when the 650 mm wading depth is being reached. An image of the vehicle is shown on the touchscreen depicting the current depth and the maximum wading depth. The 360-degree camera system also gives you an all-around view of the vehicle which is useful in tricky terrain.
In addition to all-wheel drive and active locking rear differential, the Velar is also equipped with Hill Descent Control and Hill Launch Assist. Electronic air suspension is offered as an option and it allows the driver to adjust the ride height of the Velar in an offroad situation. The height of the Velar can be altered by as much as 50 mm, which also makes it easier to load bulky items into the 673-litre load bay. The Velar will also automatically lower by 40 mm when you come to a stop, making it easier for you to get in and out of the vehicle.
Extensive engine choice
Buyers have lots of choice in terms of engines, trim grades and optional equipment to make their Velar unique.
A total of 6 engine variants are on offer for the Velar with 3 diesel engines and 3 petrol engines available to buyers. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Velar range kicks off with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 132 kW/430 Nm and a claimed consumption figure of 5.4 L/100 km.
Moving up the range is a more powerful 2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel engine with 177 kW/500 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.8 L/100 km.
The most powerful diesel engine on offer is the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 221 kW/700 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.4 L/100km.
On the petrol front, the range starts with a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine with 183 kW365 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.6 L/100 km.
A more powerful 221 kW/400 Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol is also offered, carrying a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.8 L/100 km.
The range-topping engine is a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 280 kW/450 Nm and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 9.4 L/100km.
In addition to the extensive engine offering, the personalisation options on the Velar are almost endless and buyers can choose between various colours, interior trim/finishes and trim grades (S, SE, HSE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE). A bespoke Velar First Edition is also offered. Visit the Velar Configurator to build your own Velar!