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Land Rover Velar D180 S

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For the future, for the family

Still, in its infancy, the Velar has already been making headlines and rightfully so. As a product of Land Rover and Jaguar’s partnership, this vehicle is cleverly balanced between durability and luxury. With its striking appearance, excellent drivability and uncompromising quality, the Velar stands out greatly among the rest. This eccentricity and originality, although at a price, is thoroughly rewarding.

The Concept

This crossover performance SUV falls in between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and is sure to provide its driver with just as many satisfied years as its siblings have. It’s a vehicle that is not afraid of a challenge and won’t be backing down soon, but this comes as no surprise seeing as that is Land Rover’s priority when it comes to designing vehicles.

The Look

With its distinctive grille, boxy headlights and smooth corners, the Velar is not to be missed and thanks to its British ancestry it’s overloaded with charisma and glamour that screams individuality and uniqueness, but that is to be expected if you look at its price tag. Fitted with a set of bespoked Gloss Sparkle Silver 19-inch alloys and a characteristic luxury design, the Velar is definitely a looker. LED automatic headlights are enhanced with Daytime Running Lights (including power wash) and a follow me home feature. The Velar also sports rear fog lights, a powered tailgate, auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors with approach lights, an acoustic laminated windscreen and rain-sensing wipers. A feature that had me ooh-ing and ahh-ing were the flush deployable door handles which are able to melt into the vehicles body or pop-out when locking and unlocking the vehicle, it took me right back into my childhood when imagining super-spy gadgets and get-away vehicles.

The Feel

Its distinguished luxuriousness is also clearly present inside with a neatly polished dashboard and lavish leather seating. The driver seat features a 14-way adjustability and memory feature which paired with the good seating position and the leather-wrapped steering wheel is sure to give you a sophisticated and pleasant experience while driving. Due to the vehicle’s sheer size, the cabin is also particularly spacious and the rear seats are able to split 40:20:40, in order to provide you with a spacious cargo capacity. Dual-zone climate control and overall high-end feel are sure to make everything, from short grocery trips to voyages to the cost in December, a pleasant experience.

The Features

The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Pro Services and Wi-Fi Hotspot, Navigation Pro, Voice Control, a Meridian Sound System 380W with 10 door-mounted speakers and a dual-channel subwoofer. The dual display allows more functionality and convenience as it allows you to view two things at once. Driver’s assistance features include Terrain Response, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVBB), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Launch Assist, Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Emergency Braking, Roll Stability Control (RSC), Speed Proportional Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Low traction launch and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Lane Keep Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Cruise Control with Speed Limiter and front as well as rear park assist with a rearview camera. For ultimate safety, the Velar is equipped with a Perimetric alarm and an engine immobilizer, Advanced Emergency Brake Assist, a brake pad wear indicator, six airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, power-operated child locks and a Driver Condition Monitor. Keyless Entry and electric windows with one-touch open/close and anti-trap heighten the driving experience.

The Drive

This 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine pushes 132kW of power and a whopping 430Nm of torque. It has a remarkable fuel consumption of 5.4-litres per 100km which is thanks to Land Rover’s intuitive thinking and a range of innovative features. This turbocharger does a wonderful job and does not only provide you with an indulgent V8 rumble but also hauls this monstrous vehicle around, and although there is a bit of a lag overtaking is rather effortless. The entire range is also fitted with a state-of-the-art automatic transmission for a smooth and relaxed drive. A combination of smart features and technologies produces a vehicle that is easy to handle and remarkably so for a vehicle of its size and also gratifying to drive (especially when you see those tilted gazes brimming with interest).

Where to find it

Visit www.landrover.co.za if you would also like to own one of these vigorous Velar’s.

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

 

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