Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled Range Rover Velar at an event in London. The car maker describes the luxury beast as one of the hottest products in the year. Bookings for Range Rover Velar in India have started along with other countries in the world.
In a move to boost British manufacturing, The Velar will be exclusively built at JLR’s flagship Solihull plant in the West Midlands in England. The Range Rover brand has emerged as Britain’s greatest luxury export since the 1970s. The other models in the range include the Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport.
Land Rover Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern has credited the final product to Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata.
“I would like to thank Ratan Tata. Ever since he saw the first sketch of the Velar, he became a passionate advocate of it. The design has the power to enrich people’s lives… this is a vehicle with emotionally charged DNA and unquestionable pedigree,” says, McGovern.
The Range Rover Velar is the third model from the Solihull manufacturing plant in the last couple of years. The production of all Jaguar Land rover models will be done at four UK manufacturing plants. This directly supports 40,000 British jobs and about 250,000 in dealership chain in various countries.
Coming to the design, the floating roof and the clamshell bonnet both make their presence in the Velar. The roof line resembles evoke with its coupe-like stance when compared to the likes of the Sport. The top of the line specs, the 22-inch wheels perfectly fills up the large wheel arches.
The Velar also gets a set of 22-inch wheels on the top of the line spec, which perfectly fills up the large wheel arches. The dashboard comprises of two 10-inch screens- one serves the infotainment purpose and other features controls for the seat heating and cooling, climate control.
Under the hood, the basic Land Rover features remain same. The Terrain Response 2 system for off-road makes its presence. The 2.0-liter diesel engine produces a power of 178 bhp and churns out 430 Nm of torque or 237 bhp power with 500 Nm torque. The larger 3.0-liter diesel engine will be with the power of 296 bhp at 700 Nm.
The petrol variant gets a 2.0 liter Ingenium engine with 247 bhp/365 Nm or 296 bhp/400 Nm. There is also petrol supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 375 bhp/450 Nm and will be equipped with a sportier exhaust. All the engines will be mated to the ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox and are Euro 6 compliant.