The new Range Rover is steeped in choices. For starters, it gets the full complement of powertrains from Jaguar Land Rover as engine options – two Ingenium diesels tuned to make 180PS and 240PS, one Ingenium petrol which delivers 250PS, a V6 diesel capable of turning force worth 700Nm and a 380PS makingsupercharged V6 petrol. And there’s a 300PS Ingenium petrol that’s set to be offered later. All variants get engines mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard.
The sleeker profile that’s crafted out of a nearly all-aluminium chassis, the clamshell bonnet, floating roof and the even sleeker all-LED headlamps come as standard. Dominating the strong but uncluttered shoulder line is some neat, sweeping black stickering. The front is further characterised by those prominent air inlets and a well camouflaged skid plate, while twin chrome exhaust finishers and a longer overhang make the rear look distinguishable from the rest of the Range Rovers.
That sweet black contrast roof you see here, however, is optional. As are the massive 22-inch wheels – lower variants will receive units starting from sizes as small as 18-inches. Actually, even those headlamps can be upgraded to Matrix laser LED lamps with different light signatures. In order to reduce the drag coefficient to a claimed 0.32, the door handles can be made flush with the body of the car while on the go.
If you aren’t already spoilt for choice, there’s the cabin which gets the “intuitive” Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which comprises not one but two 10-inch high-res touchscreens on the dashboard. As an alternative to leather, Range Rover is offering a premium material for upholstery. The sustainable textile is a wool-blend textile contrasted with a Suedecloth inserts. For the ambient lighting, there are around 10 colour options – in case you opt for the feature in your car.
In keeping with Jaguar Land Rover tradition, there will be a First Edition version powered by the V6 engines. The limited edition will come with some of the options we mentioned above – primarily leather interior trim, Matrix headlights and 22-inch diamond turned alloys with split spokes.
The Ranger Rover Velar will be launched internationally by July 2017.