The new Range Rover Velar, set to be introduced in sub-Sahara Africa in the first half of 2021 with pricing to be made available closer to the time, is powered by the latest generation of petrol and diesel straight-six engines.
Developed in-house, the Velar will be available sub-Sahara Africa as P340 petrol and D300 diesel all-wheel-drive variants. The new P340 straight-six engine generates 250kW 480Nm torque and features a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), for refined performance.
The D300 diesel delivers 221kW and 650Nm torque, while offering 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and fuel economy as low as 7.4litres/100km.
Additionally, a next-generation four-cylinder Ingenium D200 with 147kW is introduced on the Range Rover Velar, offering more power than the 132kW engine it replaces.
For entertainment, the Velar has an advanced new infotainment technology and elegant new design features with beautifully integrated digital screens that are now fitted with Land Rover’s state-of-the-art infotainment system, Pivi and Pivi Pro.
The intelligent and intuitive system, offered as Pivi ProΔfrom an S-specification pack, transforms the digital experience inside Velar. Pivi is designed around ease of use, with a simple interface reducing the number of interactions to enhance safety. Crisp new graphics and super-fast responsiveness are enabled with a new electrical architecture under the surface, ensuring the screens and navigation system are ready to go in seconds, thanks also to a dedicated power source.
Customers can access software updates ‘over-the-air’ reducing the need to visit a retailer. An embedded data connection means customers have access to the latest maps, apps and vehicle software modules with updates scheduled via the touchscreen at a time to suit them. Streaming music and media has never been simpler with Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once.
The Range Rover Velar is calmer inside, like a peaceful sanctuary due to the addition of Active Road Noise Cancellation. The intelligent technology works like a pair of high-end noise cancellation headphones, constantly monitoring vibrations from the road surface and calculating the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants.
The Velar also has a new Cabin Air Filtration system which enhances the relaxing and clean sanctuary inside the car. It also reduces levels of harmful particulates, pollen and even odours. The new system – introduced in addition to the existing Cabin Air Ionisation feature – filters out fine particulate matter, allergens, pollen and even strong smells. Activated via a ‘Purify’ button in the lower touchscreen, it is capable of filtering ultrafine particulates (up to and even below PM2.5).
Drivers and passengers can be assured the air they breathe inside the Range Rover Velar is cleaner than the air outside. Also available is the new second-generation wearable Activity Key, which can totally replace the traditional key fob when necessary. The water-resistant and shock-proof wrist device now incorporates an LCD watch and allows customers to start, stop, lock and unlock the vehicle, with no need to take a traditional key fob out with them.
Additional new design features introduced on Velar include a new steering wheel design which has integrated smart buttons ready to receive the latest ADAS software updates over-the-air. A tactile new Drive Selector also replaces the rotary gear selector.
The ‘Range Rover Velar Edition’ is based on the R-Dynamic SE specification, enhancements include a black contrast roof and matching 20-inch black alloy wheels, for sophisticated presence. The distinctive new special edition model is available exclusively in Lantau Bronze metallic paint, as well as the new Hakuba Silver, Santorini Black or Eiger Grey. The Range Rover Velar has 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium engines.