The Range Rover Velar is Coming to Malaysia
The Range Rover Velar is set to be unleashed on Malaysian shores early Q2 2018, as announced by Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia.
The name ‘Velar’ had been used previously on a series of pre-production models in 1969…as a cover-up. Land Rover was working on a new project which would lead to the Range Rover, but wanted everything to be done surreptitiously; thus, the prototypes were fitted with a ‘Velar’ badge. The word itself originates from the Latin verb velare, which means ‘to hide’.
The new Range Rover Velar occupies a slot between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, and is inundated with the latest gadgets, driving assistance technology and sumptuous interior comforts. The mid-sized SUV has an aluminium-intensive monocoque body; the chassis features air suspension, stability control, roll stability control, and hill descent control. Matrix-laser LED headlights that are close to daylight produces brilliant illumination and reduces eye fatigue.
Flush deployable door handles, and a low drag coefficient of 0.32 make it the most aerodynamically efficient Land Rover ever produced.
The Velar is built on the same platform as the Jaguar iQ and shares a number of components with the Jaguar F-Pace, XF, and XE models, notably its aluminium platform and 2,874mm (113.1-inch) wheelbase, which are all built in the plant in Solihull, U.K.
A minimalist approach has been taken for the cabin, which comes with the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens that form the centerpiece. Optional 12.3” high-definition Interactive Driver Display provides information, entertainment and active safety data, including navigation, phone, media and driving aids.
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If you’re into light off-roading, the Velar can wade in depths of up to 650mm and has a towing power of 2,500kg. All-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics and optional active locking rear differential ensure maximum driver engagement.
A range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available in either 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 layout as below, but we have yet to receive word which engine and pricing will be offered in Malaysia.
- D180: 2.0-litre diesel, 180hp, 430Nm
- D240: 2.0-litre diesel, 240hp, 500Nm
- D300: 3.0-litre V6 diesel, 300hp, 700Nm
- P250: 2.0-litre petrol, 250hp, 365Nm
- P380: 3.0-litre V6 petrol, 380hp, 450Nm
Here, to whet your appetite: