Explore its understated design, refined interior, and respectable performance in the same time the latest Range Rover Velar takes to complete a century sprint.
Malaysia, say hello to the latest luxury SUV in the country worth a second look at – Range Rover Velar.
Positioned in between the Evoque and Sport, the latest Range Rover is all about tech-enhanced simplicity and all-terrain performance. It’s glamour, modernity, and elegance all in one shiny package – but rather than having adjectives thrown at you, we assume you’d like to see for yourself.
Aluminium-intensive monocoque underscores the Jaguar Land Rover Lightweight Aluminium Architecture design, with the metal accounting for over 81% of the body-in-white. Mind you, that’s a record still waiting to be beaten.
This makes for a light, stuff body, working positively with the double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension for agile handling in a super comfy ride. Don’t mistake its lightness for vulnerability, though – Range Rover Velar is a safe haven with exceptional levels of crash protection.
Safety is given its due attention in the Vealar, boasting six airbags and driver assistance systems: Head Up Display, 3D Navigation Pro System, Cruise Control Speed Limiter.
Infotainment-vise, the elusive Touch Pro Duo system is really the centre-piece of this SUV’s understated interior. Its integrated 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display comes with four visual themes. Having explored the model during its launch, we have to say the spacious, uncluttered interior was a welcome change from the button-heavy dashboards we see in major luxury brands.
An example of the Velar’s refined interior is the perforated grain leather interior (with touches of suede in the R-Dynamic model), exchangeable with the durable Kvadrat wool and suede option.
Naturally, you’d need a powerful heart to get the best of that body. Range Rover’s Ingenium P250 engine (Top 10 in the world!) is matched to a smooth ZF eight-speed auto transmission, for a peak power of 260 PS, max torque of 365 Nm. It goes 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds (some relation to the title of this article).
Thanks to that powertrain, the Velar is a star both on and off road. On top of that, incredibly responsive all-wheel-drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics ensures torque is distributed to match the condition of every road.
Imposing 20-inch (P250) or 21-inch (R-Dynamic) wheels with customisable spoke design completes the package. This is a Range Rover made with performance in mind, without compromising the bold-yet-sleek aesthetic so synonymous to the marquee.
Take a closer look here.
Range Rover Velar
Positioned in between the Evoque and Sport models, the latest Range Rover adds a dimension of modernity with its sleek design code and seamless tech integration.
Hints of Velar's modern performance is hidden in its design cues, beginning front and centre with this brave grille.
Flush-deployable door handles
This futuristic feature deploys door handles when the car is unlocked, and retreats them once it's locked. Since the design lowers drag, that's an aerodynamic plus point for this Range Rover first.
Clear, refined interior
Open the door and step into a simple space that belies exquisite detailing and premium materials.
Touch Duo Pro entertainment
Two 10-inch HD screens are integrated beneath this sleek surface, which remains hidden until lit. Drivers can also multitask better; sometimes you need to make a call with navigation on.
Integrated rear spoiler
Range Rover Velar's rear spoiler completes the SUV's bold yet seductive silhouette. Twin chrome exhaust finishers add yet another subtle suggestion of power.
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Range Rover Velar (P250) starts at RM 529,800, while the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic (P250) starts at RM 588,800 (including GST, excluding road tax, registration, and insurance).
Update: Range Rover Velar (P250) will be priced RM 499,811, while the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic (P250) starts at RM 555, 471 effective June 1 (0% GST).
For more, visit the offiicial Land Rover website.
Images: Land Rover Malaysia