The Range Rover model line-up has always been the vehicle of choice for Royalty and celebrities. The newest variant to join is the Range Rover Velar introduced in September 2017 and now available with an expanded array of power and tech. This update includes new infotainment technology, new design features and a choice of five powertrains including an electric plug-in hybrid option, all available in South Africa. Exterior enhancements include a black contrast roof, matching 20-inch black alloy wheels, sliding panoramic roof and for the buyers of the special edition Landmark model exterior colours of Lantau Bronze, Hakuba Silver, Santorini Black or Eiger Grey.
Inside the cabin you will find new technology offering Active Road Noise Cancellation, and new Cabin Air Filtration system which reduces levels of harmful particulates, pollen and even odours. Occupants can be assured the air they breath inside the Velar is cleaner than the air outside. The steering wheel has been re-designed and now integrates smart buttons ready to receive the latest ADAS software updates over the air. A tactile new Drive selector replaces the rotary gear selector. Technology upgrades are in abundance in the new Velar with too many to mention. The impressive new camera system has two new features, the 3D surround Camera, and the ClearSight Ground View both fitted as standard. The 3D system displays in real time external 3D perspective of the vehicle via a 10 inch touchscreen – useful for slow manoeuvres such as parking by a kerb or getting in and out of tight spaces. The award winning ClearSight system places cameras under the bonnet and in the front grille and on the door mirrors offering accurate representation of different terrain and potential hazards. A virtual 180-degree view helps make manoeuvring easier at speeds of up to 30km/h.
Another impressive technical system is the state-of-the-art infotainment, Privi and Privi Pro the intelligent and intuitive system. Crisp graphics and super-fast responsiveness ensure screens and navigation systems are ready to go in seconds. Streaming music has never been simpler, Spotify integrates directly within the menu and Bluetooth has connectivity for two phones. Active Key now replaces the traditional key fob and provides the driver with a waterproof and shock-proof device incorporating an LCD watch and allows customers to start, stop, lock and unlock the vehicle all from the watch device.
Now the Velar offers a powertrain to suit every customer. The new 2.0 litre four-cylinder P400e plug-in hybrid producing 297kW and 640Nm of torque from its 221kW petrol engine and 105kW from the electric motor achieving 0-100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds. The 17.1 kW lithium battery located under the boot floor can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes using a DC charge point. (1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7kW wall box). With zero tailpipe emissions in electric mode, an impressive real-world all electric range of 61km with fuel efficiency as low as 2.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of just 53g/km.
The Velar can be charged in three ways, 32kW public DC charging to 80% in just 30 minutes, Mode 3 cable connect to a 7kW wall box achieving 80% charge in 1 hour 40 minutes, or Mode 2 charging cable which takes 5 hours 29 minutes for an 80% charge.
Three driving modes are available in the 400e.
1. EV (Electric Vehicle) running only on electric power using energy from the stored battery.
2. HYBRID, which is the default driving mode, combining petrol with electric drive.
3. SAVE mode prioritises combustion engine as its energy source maintaining the battery state of charge for deployment at a later stage. A new family of 3.0 litre straight six Ingenium engines have also been introduced to the new Velar range. The P340 delivers 250kW and 480Nm with acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. This petrol engine is lightweight with a 12.9kg weight reduction on the engine it replaces. The D300 diesel engine is also 7kg lighter that its previous V6 engine producing 221kW and 650Nm of torque and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Lastly the new generation 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine badged D200, replaces the D180 and D240 previous options. With fuel consumption of 6.3
L/100km the D200 generates 147kW and 430Nm. The P250 petrol engine reaches 184kW and 365Nm while averaging 7.8 L/100km.
New Range Rover Velar line-up and Retail Prices.
Velar D200 S R1 290 100
Velar D300 S R1 458 600
Velar P250 S R1 290 100
Velar P340 S R1 438 700
Velar P400e S R1 651 200
Velar D200 R-Dynamic SE R1 382 900
Velar D300 R-Dynamic SE R1 551 300
Velar P250 R-Dynamic SE R1 382 900
Velar P340 R-Dynamic SE R1 531 500
Velar P400e R-Dynamic SE R1 739 100
Velar D200 R-Dynamic HSE R1 492 000
Velar D300 R-Dynamic HSE R1 611 200
Velar P250 R-Dynamic HSE R1 492 000
Velar P340 R-Dynamic HSE R1 611 200
Velar P400e R-Dynamic HSE R1 834 000
Velar D200 Landmark Edition R1 428 200
Velar D300 Landmark Edition R1 596 600
Velar P250 Landmark Edition R1 428 200
Velar P340 Landmark Edition R1 576 800
All prices include VAT but not CO2 tax.