2018 Range Rover Velar Marks The Future Of Land Rover Vehicles: Blends The Modern, Functional & Sleek Style

Mar 03, 2017 04:00 AM EST | Andrew Davis

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The 2018 Range Rover Velar is the latest addition to the iconic family and now part of the Land Rover lineup. During its unveiling, it was described as a vehicle that will "stir the emotions, modern, elegant with a touch of glamor."

It is positioned just right in between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, filling the gap between the two. Its styling is "future, pushing the Range Rover DNA ahead," according to MensHealth.

Exterior. The sloping roofline is balanced by LED headlights, making the Vela look as slim as possible. In fact, the full-LED headlights are the thinnest production to date on a Land Rover. It sports 22-inch wheels, and for the first in a Land Rover, it has reset door handles.

Interior and infotainment system. But it's the interior of the 2018 Range Rover Velar that's really the showcase. The quality of material used looks futuristic and impressive, to say the least, demonstrating the next wave of Range Rover interior.

Although you sit a bit lower compared with the Range Rover and Sport, it allows 6-footers to have ample headroom. Basically, the cabin has Land Rover's uncluttered look with surfaces lined with light hues.

The 2018 Range Rover Velar shows the next direction in terms of Range Rover styling because inside you get not one but 3 screens. Up front is the virtual cockpit, which is not something new as we have seen this in other Range Rover models in the past.

What is interesting are the two 10-inch screens that are part of the infotainment system with Land Rover InControl Touch Pro. They rise forward when you start-up the engine and the lights on the steering wheel awakens at the same time.

There are only 3 buttons: the center button and 2 rotary dials. And depending upon which menu you are in, they control the temperature, the navigation settings, and the terrain response system. Every single Velar comes with terrain response system.

Also, both screens will have dual-functionality. This means you can switch things such as navigation screen from one to the other. Talking about space, boot volume is 632 to 1731 liters.

Powertrains and pricing. There will be 3 engine options for the 2018 Range Rover Velar. According to MotorAuthority, at the top of the food chain is the 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 which has a base price of $65,195.

Next is the 180-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 diesel and starts at $57,195. And you have the 3.0-liter, 380-horsepower V-6, mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission. The base model has a price of $50,895 equipped with a 247-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4.

An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system come standard to all 2018 Range Rover Velar. Also, V6 engine model buyers have the option for an air suspension and active locking rear differential, so that they have improved handling when going off-road.

Land Rover claims that all Velars will be better off-road than their nearest rivals. And they are offering the Terrain Response off-road-oriented driving modes selector for this vehicle.

Catch the 2018 Range Rover Velar as it will debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week. What do you think of the sleek, modern-looking addition to the Land Rover lineup?

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