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Summary: The Range Rover Velar combines luxury and refinement with proven all-condition capabilities making it a perfect choice for cities and off road feats. An OER review

The New Range Rover Velar is a brand new addition to the Range Rover family, straddled between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. The Velar combines a dash of glamour, modernity and elegance with the proven technological prowess of a Range Rover.

The Velar is beautifully balanced, with optimised proportions with its Range Rover lineage being instantly recognisable from the formal, powerful volumes of the front end, through a flowing, continuous waistline, culminating in a taut and elegantly tapered rear.

The sleek volumes of the lower body, with its flawlessly integrated deployable flush door handles, betrays an eye for detail. At the rear, the vehicles design is distinguished by quad tail light signature elements within a full-width graphic incorporating the iconic Range Rover script, seamlessly harmonising the vehicles lines to stunning effect.

To make your journey even more comfortable, Range Rover Velar provides a 970mm head clearance and 945mm knee clearance for occupants, along with exemplary loadspace of 673 litres. Optional Electronic Air Suspension enables automatic access height for elegant entry and the option of Powered Gesture Tailgate allows simple loading with hands free access.

The vehicles cabin exudes elegant simplicity. The familiar Range Rover interior design architecture, with its strong elegant horizontal lines, blends with innovative features to give a feeling of calm, and enhance the driving experience. Two seamlessly integrated 10 Touchscreens and minimalist controls as standard, give easy control of the latest advanced technology. The Touch Pro Duo is complemented with a full-colour Head-up Display, an optional state-of-the-art system providing sharp graphics and optional Interactive Driver Display with configurable touch steering wheel controls.

The inside of a Velar cabin gives one a zen like feel as the wind and road noise are minimised through the use of aerodynamic undertrays and acoustically laminated front glazing. Rear passengers are treated to optional reclining rear seats, optional four- zone climate control and two optional 8 Rear Seat Entertainment screens.

Overall, the design of the Velar combines form and functionality seamlessly. Its elegant sides and exemplary range of standard features such as deployable flush door handles and integrated rear spoiler all improve aerodynamic efficiency, while the foil-stamped grille gives the vehicles front profile an undeniable presence. Sleek LED headlights and rear lights are also standard, while Matrix LED and MatrixLaser LED headlights are optional. Every component is worked upon to deliver a refined, tactile experience

All terrain capability

A choice of V6 and 4-cylinder Ingenium engines deliver efficient, refined and responsive driving. The P380 Supercharged engine produces 450Nm of torque and is the top of the range for ultimate performance while the D180 engine delivers CO2 from just 142 g/km. Range Rover Velars Command Driving Position helps deliver a more confident, engaged drive. The elevated position gives one unrivalled views, adding to the feeling of safety and security.

Range Rover Velar has the renowned all terrain Land Rover capability at its core with standard features including - All Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), Adaptive Dynamics and Torque Vectoring by Braking to deliver a connected drive. Adding to driver confidence off-road, optional features include: Electronic Air Suspension, All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Terrain Response 2 and an Active Rear Locking Differential. The vehicle also claims a class-leading wading depth of up to 650mm helps provide composure and sure- footed progress in challenging conditions. The Range Rover Velar is stylish and offers a relaxing, capable and refined drive. And finally, its display and control system sets a new benchmark.

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Publication:Oman Economic Review (OER)
Date:Feb 20, 2018
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