Range Rover have just launched a new model – only their fourth in almost 50 years – at a star-studded event in London’s Design Museum. Designed to fit between the Range Rover Sport and the Evoque this new car – named the Velar – will go on sale this summer and set you back at least £45,000.
So what’s different about this model? One thing that’s already made headlines is that it comes with a ‘vegetarian’ option, meaning that it can be ordered with an alternative to the normal leather seats and trim. This alternative is a material that’s made from recycled plastic bottles.
The mid-sized SUV has new features such as super-slim LED headlights, flush deployable door handles that pop out when the door is unlocked, and six different engine options. Alongside these are a wide variety of extra trim, configuration and luxury packages – the car is your oyster!
Inside you’ll find hidden-until-lit controls, a state-of-the-art Touch Pro Duo infotainment system delivered through ten inch screens, a 632-litre luggage compartment and a sound system with 23 individual speakers. The driver benefits from a typically sophisticated all-wheel drive system as well as brilliant wading ability and ground clearance.
The Velar takes its name from the original 1969 Range Rover prototype, but promises a distinctly 2017 standard of luxury and performance. People are clearly impressed with the previews: the Velar has attracted more pre-orders than any other model in Land Rover history – not just Range Rover history! – and will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Solihull.