Range Rover is Britain's biggest luxury export

Land Rover said, that with a Cd (aerodynamic efficiency) of just 0.32 the Velar is the most aerodynamically-efficient Land Rover and Range Rover ever. With its sleek looks and modern interior, Range Rover's new Porsche Macan-fighter will have product planners around the industry scrambling to keep up. Which is pretty much what happened. "Compare that to Evoque, and we had 3,000 names down in the same period, so I'm confident Velar will be a great success". "It's been an obsession". You can see echoes of McGovern and Frascella's Lincoln show cars in the Velar's sheer surfacing, extravagant proportions, and obsessively reductive detailing. Now the Range Rover Velar follows in its footsteps as part of a static exhibit called "Reductionism" at the London Design Museum, apparently showcasing Land Rover's "philosophy of stripping away complexity to reveal true quality". To "veil" the fully uncovered trucks, Land Rover used only the badge "Velar", and the rest is history. The top screen is the conventional infotainment screen and features the likes of the media interface, reversing camera displays and navigation.

"It's lower, but there's a higher seating position". Thankfully though, this is a Range Rover, perhaps more akin to the new Land Rover Discovery in terms of design language, rather than something new and unrecognisable.

Company claims that it has been created from a clean sheet using Jaguar Land Rover's Lightweight Aluminium Architecture and has helped the company to make it a safer, stronger SUV. But features such as the height-adjustable air suspension, Terrain Response, and active locking rear differential are all Land Rover. A 300PS Ingenium petrol engine will join the Velar range later in 2017. The height adjustable suspension, standard on six-cylinder models, can raise and lower the Velar 3.9 inches to give a maximum ground clearance of 9.9 inches, and it can wade through water more than 2 feet deep. The Velar marks the first time, Terrain Response can't be accessed via a dedicated rotary dial on the centre console, instead it's now accessed via the infotainment system's rotary dial or the touchscreen itself.

Under the hood, the Velar offers three engine options.

The new Range Rover will be available in six powertrains ranging from a 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel with Carbon dioxide emissions of 142g/km, to a 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol version that will be nowhere near as green. The fastest model dispatches with a zero to 100 km/h spring in just 5.7 seconds with a top speed limited to 250 km/h.

Drive on any road around the world and you'll probably drive past a Range Rover Evoque eventually.

Dubbed by the company as the "fourth Range Rover", the Velar will launch this summer with prices starting from £44,450. Trim levels range from base, S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, and R-Dynamic HSE. The base engine is a 247-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four, with a reported zero-to-60 miles per hour time of 6.4 seconds.

Four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines will come in 132kW and 177kW variants, both with 500Nm of torque.

The First Edition colours, the model which'll be available worldwide but for one year only, are Corris Grey, Silicon Silver and Flux Silver.

On the sound front, the Velar comes with a 1,600W Meridian Signature sound system with a whopping 23 speakers around the vehicle.

  • Carolyn Briggs