After a private unveiling a week ago, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar is making an official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It’s a production model, positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in Land Rover’s lineup, and will go on sale in the United Kingdom this summer.
Although there's a touch of the Russian dolls about Land Rover's current approach, the Velar is arguably the prettiest member of the current Range Rover range. Its sleek and pronounced lines resemble a concept car, but, in fact, the chic-styled vehicle you see in the attached photos could soon be parked next to your car, literally everywhere around the world.
So, what’s hiding underneath this beautiful costume? In the UK, Land Rover will offer its coupe-SUV with a range of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The entry-level 2.0-litre diesel produces 180hp, returns 52.5mpg, emits 142g/km CO2 and can hit 62mph in 8.4 seconds. A 3.0-litre V6 diesel is good for 300hp, 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and 44.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 167g/km. A 2.0-litre petrol will accelerate the Velar to 62mph in 6.4 seconds, while returning 37.2mpg and 135mph. The top-spec 3.0-litre petrol V6 returns 380hp, hits 62mph in 5.3 seconds and returns 30.1mpg and 214g/km CO2.
UK prices range from £44,830 to £85,450, squaring it firmly against the BMW X6, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace.
Despite its classy appearance, the Velar is not only for the road. Thanks to standard air suspension for the V6 models (optional for four-cylinder variants), the SUV has a considerable ground clearance of 25.1 cm, good enough for more serious off-roading that most owners will require. All-wheel drive and adaptive dampers will also let the crossover get around when away from the pavement.