By SM.21 Jan, 2018
NEW DELHI: Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL) on Saturday launched the 2018 Range Rover Velar in India with a starting price tag of Rs 78.83 lakh (ex-showroom). Available in three powertrains -- one petrol and two diesel -- the SUV offers a long list of variants with the top-spec first edition priced at Rs 1.38 crore.
Velar is the fourth model in the Range Rover family which sits between the Evoque and the Sport models and is aimed to expand the Jaguar"s share in the SUV market priced over Rs 40 lakh from 15-16 percent to 25 percent.
The new SUV features a striking appearance with the signature Range Rover elements like Matrix laser LED headlights and quad tail light with "Range Rover" script. It is a large SUV that measures 4,803mm in length, 2,145mm in width and 1,665mm in height along with a wheelbase of 2,874mm. The sleek, swept back design provides it with a modern coupe-type look while the large 20-inch wheels maintain the rugged feel.
The spacious interior of the new Range Rover Velar features premium leather upholstery along with a new "Touch-Pro Duo" infotainment system that claims to provide unmatched luxury in the segment. The SUV further gets 20-way adjustable front seats with memory, recline and heating/cooling functions for extreme comfort. Navigation Pro with personalisation packs, multi-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof and power gesture tailgate are among the other premium features of the new Velar.
The entry-level variants of the new model come fitted with the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine that produces 180PS of power and 430Nm of torque, while the 3.0-litre V6 with an output of 300PS and 700Nm powers the higher variants. The petrol option is limited to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor but comes in two state of tuning options. One option produces 250PS and a peak torque of 400Nm while the other one is more powerful with an output of 300PS and 400Nm. There is no list of the transmission options and all the three engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that delivers power to all the four wheels.
Range Rover Velar also features a Terrain Response System with selectable drive modes including Eco, Comfort, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud-Ruts, Sand, and Dynamic. Besides the standard features of the SUV, the company offers a host of customised options to provide a more personalised experience to its customers.
In the Indian market, the new Velar competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, BMW X5, Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90.