2019 Range Rover Velar Review, Release Dates, Prices

In 1970 Land Rover launched the original Range Rover; almost half a century later that spirit of innovation continues with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family – the 2019 Range Rover Velar. Slotted between the Evoque and Sport, the Range Rover Velar offers new levels of luxury, refinement and all-terrain capability to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

Created as a clean sheet design using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, the Velar represents the next chapter of the Range Rover success story. The Velar is defined by a visually reductive approach in its design, which evolves the Range Rover DNA and previews the next generation of Range Rover vehicles.

Visually, the 2019 Range Rover Velar is beautifully balanced with powerful proportions; a continuous waist line rises through to the taut tapered lines of the rear and a generous 113.15-inch wheelbase contributes significantly to both its elegant design and spacious interior.

Large alloy wheels – in particular the range of 22-inch designs – optimize the vehicle’s stunning silhouette, while further enhancing the dramatic presence of the vehicle. Advanced technology is pivotal to the contemporary design: the full-LED headlights are the most slender ever to appear on a production Land Rover vehicle. The flush deployable door handles on the Range Rover Velar help emphasize a taut, elegant design language and contribute to a coefficient of drag of only 0.32Cd making it the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover vehicle to date.

The interior of the Velar reaffirms ideals of elegant simplicity, sophistication and refinement. An unwavering belief in reductionism has been fully employed, with switches being kept to an absolute minimum to help create a calm streamlined sanctuary.

POWERTRAINS

Every one of the three gasoline and diesel engines offered in the 2019 Range Rover Velar is engineered for the ideal blend of performance, refinement and efficiency. All are matched to smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive to deliver the effortless, composed driving experience synonymous with all Range Rover vehicles.

Like all Range Rover vehicles, the 2019 Range Rover Velar offers exceptional capability on a variety of surfaces, terrains and weather conditions. The Range Rover Velar features a highly sophisticated all-wheel drive system, available four-corner air suspension and, when equipped with air suspension, a ground clearance of 9.9 in. (8.4 in. with coil springs), wading depth of 25.6 in. (23.6 in. with coil springs) and a suite of traction technologies which include Terrain Response, Active Rear Locking Differential and All Terrain Progress Control.

Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Ingenium Diesel
For the first time on a Land Rover model, a four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine will be offered, delivering high levels of torque from low engine speeds, ensuring excellent responsiveness and acceleration whenever the driver demands it. Features such as the highly rigid crankcase, twin balancer shafts and active fluid-filled engine mounts ensure superb refinement.

Known as D180, the Ingenium diesel features a 1,800bar common-rail system and a single variable geometry turbocharger, ensuring clean, quiet efficient combustion and excellent response from low engine speeds. Developing 180HP and maximum torque of 317 lb-ft from 1,750rpm, this engine delivers flexible performance. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 8.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds). EPA fuel economy estimates are 28 mpg combined (26 city/30 highway) either way.

The 2.0-liter engine features an inherently efficient, low friction design, and benefits from technologies such as a split-cooling system and electronically-controlled coolant pump for rapid warm-up. Variable exhaust cam timing further assists the after-treatment system to reach operating temperature as quickly as possible.

The sophisticated exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system uses a cooled low-pressure circuit in addition to a high-pressure circuit reducing pumping losses and peak combustion temperatures to help reduce the formation of NOx in the cylinders. The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system cuts tailpipe emissions of NOx to very low levels. The system injects AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) into the exhaust gas, where it reacts with the NOx and converts it into nitrogen and water.

Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Gasoline
The 2019 Range Rover Velar is one of the first applications for the new Jaguar Land Rover 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine which is designed to offer smooth, refined performance. Technologies including an integrated exhaust manifold, 200bar direct injection system and a twin-scroll turbocharger are key to the engine’s responsiveness.

Known as the P250, this new gasoline engine develops peak power of 247HP and high maximum torque of 269 lb-ft, which is maintained from just 1,200rpm to 4,500rpm. This allows the Velar to accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds). EPA fuel economy estimates are 23 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway) either way.

The engine also features electrohydraulic control of the inlet valves. This technology enables variable valve lift, so load control is managed primarily by the intake valves rather than the throttle. This reduces pumping losses and provides unmatched flexibility and control over airflow into the combustion chambers, improving power and torque.

Supercharged V6
The ultimate engine option for the most demanding drivers is the 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Known as the P380, this all-aluminum gasoline engine is equipped with a Twin-Vortex supercharger, direct injection and dual-independent variable-camshaft timing to deliver instantaneous response from idle right up to the redline. Counter-rotating balancer shafts minimize vibration for exceptional refinement.

The result is an outstanding 380HP at 6500rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque – enough to accelerate the vehicle from 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds) and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h). The unique exhaust note has been meticulously tuned to deliver an engaging but discreet confirmation of the power available to the driver on full throttle, and be superbly refined and relaxing at cruising speeds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) either way.

TOWING TECHNOLOGY

Every vehicle wearing the Land Rover badge must offer excellent towing ability. With a towing capacity of up to 5,512-lbs on V6 models, the 2019 Range Rover Velar is no exception.

First featured on the Discovery, the Advanced Tow Assist function offered on the Velar is designed to assist drivers in performing potentially difficult reversing maneuvers with an attached trailer. Instead of steering and counter steering as normal, the driver simply guides the trailer into position using the infotainment system’s rotary controller and the Advanced Tow Assist system calculates all necessary steering inputs.

To operate the system, the driver must configure key settings through the touchscreen by entering pertinent trailer details. Then, responsive trajectory lines appear on the touchscreen through the feed from cameras in the door mirrors, showing the anticipated direction of the trailer. By steering the trailer using the infotainment system’s rotary controller and by operating the pedals, the driver can reverse park trailers with ease while the system calculates necessary steering inputs. It is also designed to alert the driver if the requested steering input is excessive and could cause a jackknife situation.

The Hitch Assist feature makes it easier to hook up the vehicle to the trailer. Using the surround cameras, the touchscreen displays the rear towbar and recognizes the trailer mounting point. The display then zooms in, showing a trajectory line, which responds to steering wheel inputs to help the driver to guide the vehicle into place. The Trailer Light Test feature enables drivers to test trailer lights without help from others by pulsing them while they are standing outside the vehicle2 . The system can be activated with a button in the luggage compartment or by using the touchscreen.

INTERIOR

Mirroring the taut, uncluttered, and perfectly-executed exterior design, the 2019 Range Rover Velar interior embraces the latest technology to enhance the trademark architecture of the Range Rover with a renewed focus on luxury materials, exquisite detailing, and exceptional refinement.

Positioned in a Sports-Command driving position, the front seats of the Velar balance performance oriented design and support with opulent comfort, and offer up to 20-way adjustment with available heating, cooling and massage functions. Weight-optimized and designed to liberate additional interior space, the seats have also been carefully sculpted for ease of entry and egress to and from the vehicle.

The 40:20:40 rear seats offer exceptional comfort, and are also available with heating and electric recline options. The optional four-zone climate control and cabin air ionization system make the vehicle’s interior an even more comfortable place to be for all occupants.

The instrument panel’s strong, horizontal beam is the defining element of the interior architecture of the Range Rover Velar. It takes back dramatically towards the windshield underlining the vehicle’s dynamic driving characteristics. The slender air vents reinforce its reductive, technology-enabled design approach.

Front and center are the two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens which make up the new InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The thin capacitive polycarbonate precisely follows the subtle curvature of the instrument panel for seamless, perfectly flush surface integration. Incorporating the Terrain Response and Terrain Response controls into Touch Pro Duo eliminates the traditional dial and hard buttons, creating extra space in the center console and further emphasizing the visually reductive approach that drives every aspect of the vehicle’s design.

The infotainment system also features two multi-function rotary controllers that are distinguished by their tactile, rubberized outer surface, Satin Chrome bezels and seamlessly-integrated digital display screens. The rotary transmission controller rises silently from the center console on start-up.

In front of the driver are twin-analog dials with a 5-inch TFT display between them, or, as standard on SE specification and above, a 12.3-inch Interactive TFT Driver Display. This high-definition virtual instrument cluster delivers a rich, high-technology experience and allows the driver to prioritize key information: a two-dial layout with an information panel in the center, a one-dial layout flanked by dual information displays, or a full-map view.

Key information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and driver assistance system warnings can also be displayed to the driver using the latest-generation full-color head-up display. The virtual images projected onto the windshield appear to hover in front of the driver, allowing the driver to quickly and easily process the information while remaining focused on the road ahead.

While refinement is the priority for any Range Rover interior, versatility remains a key strength. The inherent package-efficiency engineered into the Lightweight Aluminum Architecture of the Range Rover Velar, together with its 113.15-in (2,874mm) wheelbase delivers exceptional interior space for all occupants.

The luggage compartment delivers 34.4 cu ft of space behind row two. The 40:20:40 row-two seat features a ski-hatch enabling long items to be through-loaded, and with the rear seats folded flat, the 2019 Range Rover Velar provides up to 70.1 cu ft of room from a load space measuring 70.7-in long by 49.1-in wide. Available remote release levers are located in the luggage compartment to make lowering the rear seats even more convenient.

PRICING

MODEL

ENGINE

MSRP

Velar P250

2.0L Turbocharged Gas

$49,950

Velar S P250

2.0L Turbocharged Gas

$54,700

Velar R-Dynamic SE P250

2.0L Turbocharged Gas

$59,000

Velar S D180

2.0L Turbocharged Diesel

$56,200

Velar S P340

3.0L Supercharged Gas V6

$61,200

Velar R-Dynamic SE P340

3.0L Supercharged Gas V6

$65,600

Velar R-Dynamic HSE P380

3.0L Supercharged Gas V6

$74,500

 

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