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New Range Rover to rival Porsche Macan

Land Rover has announced details of its forthcoming Range Rover Velar, which will provide a rival to models such as the Porsche Macan as well as the Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X4.

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Velar will provide a vital plug for the gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport.

The fourth member of the Range Rover family, Velar will provide a vital plug for the gap between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport. It will be priced from £44,830 OTR with the entry-level 2.0-litre diesel engine, positioning it above the F-Pace, which is priced from £38,830 with the same drivetrain.

Built on Jaguar Land Rover’s IQ platform, also used for the F-Pace, at JLR’s Solihull plant, using an aluminium-intensive body, the Velar shares the same 2,874mm wheelbase but is slightly longer and narrower than the F-Pace. It also offers a 632-litre luggage compartment including a reduced-section spare wheel as standard.

Engine line-up bring six powertrains. The entry-level option is the 177bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel with CO2 emissions from 142g/km – a 236bhp version of the same four-cylinder unit is also offered along with a 296bhp V6 diesel that delivers 516lb.ft of torque with CO2 emissions of 167g/km.

Petrols include the new 247bhp four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, with a 296bhp version to arrive later in the year, plus the range-topping 375bhp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

All engines are married up to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and feature all-wheel drive.

The new model will live up to the Range Rover all-terrain promise, with ground clearance of up to 251mm, wading depth of up to 650mm and Land Rover’s suite of traction technologies including the optional Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control. It also offers towing capacity of up to 2,500kg complemented by the optional Advanced Tow Assist function.

Suspension uses a double-wishbone front- and Integral Link rear set-up with air suspension as standard on six-cylinder models while Adaptive Dynamics damping technology is standard across the line-up along with the Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVB) system.

The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core range covers Standard, S, SE or HSE specifications. The Standard trim brings 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, Luxtec & Suedecloth seats, heated front seats, cruise control, keyless entry and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens.

Customers can also specify Black and Luxury Exterior Packs. A First Edition model will also be on sale for the first model year, powered solely by the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines.

Advanced driver assistance systems include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist (standard on HSE) and an Adaptive Speed Limiter.

The Range Rover Velar goes on sale in mid-July in the UK and Europe and in over 170 markets worldwide.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.