Range Rover Velar unveiled ahead of Geneva Motor Show debut

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The auto will also form the centrepiece of a new exhibition documenting 45 years of Range Rover, "Velar to Velar", which opens at the Solihull manufacturing plant at the end of March.

The mid-sized SUV, unveiled at London's Design Museum ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show, is described as the most road-focused Range Rover yet. The body structure is based on the aluminum-intensive D7a architecture of the Jaguar XE and XF sedans and the F-Pace SUV, with which the Velar shares its 113.1-in wheelbase.

In terms of off-road performance, Range Rover says the "advanced chassis" offers the "ultimate in comfort, dynamics and all-terrain capability".

The Velar is available with three powertrains: a 180-hp diesel four-cylinder engine, a 247-hp gasoline four-cylinder, and a 380-hp V6 gas engine that can go 0-60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds.

On the other hand, the 2.0-litre diesel engine will come with a peak output of 236BHP and 500NM and a 3.0 litre diesel engine that produces 295BHP of power and 700NM of torque. At the very top, there's a 3.0-liter V6 with a supercharged strapped onto it, which is crankin' 380 PS. All engines are matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

Dubbed by the company as the "fourth Range Rover", the Velar will launch this summer with prices starting from £44,450. It nonetheless offers almost 10 inches of ground clearance when it's ordered with the optional air suspension, allowing it to drive through about 25 inches of water. The new Range Rover model has a sleek look that builds on Land Rover's current design language and a new infotainment system that migrates nearly all of the vehicle's controls to two high-definition touchscreens mounted in the dash. Up front are new slim Matrix Laser-LED headlights with signature Range Rover DRLs and a large grille with a cross mesh design.

It will go on sale in July, reports Automotive News, and will start at about $55,700.

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Coming to the design, the floating roof and the clamshell bonnet both make their presence in the Velar.

The Range Rover brand is now nearly 50 years old with the first model unveiled in 1970. It will sprint 0-100kmh in 5.7 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 250kmh. There's the bare minimum of physical switches, with most of the controls managed via two 10-inch touchscreens set into the central console.

Drive on any road around the world and you'll probably drive past a Range Rover Evoque eventually. Along with the three different powertrains, buyers can choose from four specifications including Standard, S, SE or HSE.

The new SUV looks a lot like a nine-tenths scale Range Rover Sport, except for the massive 22-inch wheels in the pictures that look a little too big and would be bad off-road.

The new Touch Pro Duo takes up the entire centre console, and consists of two 10in touchscreens that are created to work together to offer a range of functions. "The Range Rover Velar changes everything", added McGovern. The Velar packs Terrain Response 2, Active Rear Locking Differential and All Terrain Progress Control.

Land Rover's United Kingdom dealers are now taking orders for the Velar, with first customer cars due in the summer.