2018 Range Rover Velar Release Date & Updates: Off-Road Capability, Pricing, & More

Mar 09, 2017 04:40 AM EST | Andrew Davis

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The 2018 Range Rover Velar made a stellar appearance at London's National Museum and then stole the stage a week later at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Filling the white space between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, this sleek SUV will hit dealerships this summer.

If the Sport is too big for you and the Evoque is too small, then the Velar just sits about right. Sharing the same underpinnings as its relative the Jaguar F-Pace, this modern-day take of an off-road and commuter SUV signal a product shakeup at Land Rover but sets the new era of Range Rovers.

Since we have already tackled mostly the interior, infotainment system, and a bit of its exterior, let's check out what its drivetrain has to offer.

Engine and pricing. All 2018 Range Rover Velar will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, regardless of the trim level or engine. For North America, the base levels will be have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 247 horsepower. Pricing for this starts at $50,895 (after $995 destination for all models), according to Motor1.

Meanwhile, a 380-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 option is also offered for those who want additional real power. Just be sure you have about $65,195. And for those wanting the diesel option, they have 180-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with a price tag of $57,195.

On the downside, the base level relatively lacks a chunk of the tech and visual extras featured during the press launch and the teaser videos. So, if you are planning on getting the 2018 Range Rover Velar, just be sure to burn some dough.

Off-road capability. This modern-day SUV still has Land Rover DNA embedded within its core. So, it is no surprise that the automaker will equip it with the necessary stuff to conquer any terrain it gets into.

While it may not be on the same level as Land Rover's Discovery, the vehicle is available with Land Rover's top-shelf off-road driving aids. For the V6 models, the Velar's ground clearance, thanks to its air suspension, is a considerable 9.88 inches. This is more than good enough for hard-core off-road manoeuvres.

In addition, the Velar packs Land Rover's top-of-the-line and improved driving aids. Hill Descent Control, All Terrain Progress Control, and Terrain Response 2, which is the automaker's brilliant driving mode selector, are all available in the Velar for the smooth off-road experience.

EPA ratings for the 2018 Range Rover Velar will be announced by the automaker as the market launch draws closer, reports MotorAuthority. So, if you are ready for a modern-day take on off-road driving experience, then the new small SUV member in Land Rover's luxury lineup could be very the SUV of your dreams. It will go on sale this summer.

Overall, the 2018 Range Rover Velar has a distinct look and packs some serious off-road features, with hidden door handles, and an optional blacked-out panoramic roof. There is no other SUV as sleek as this.

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