Land Rover India will launch its new SUV, the Velar in India before the festive season and bookings for the car will commence in September, 2017 as confirmed by a dealer in Delhi-NCR. The new Land Rover Range Rover Velar will be positioned between the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque in the company's portfolio. The SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1 crore, ex-showroom. The new Velar will compete with the likes of the Audi Q7 and the BMW X5.
The Land Rover Range Rover Velar will be available in four variants and will get a new InControl infotainment system, the Touch Pro Duo that will feature a 25.4 cm (10-inch) touchscreen. The car will also boast of a 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display that projects driving information, entertainment and active safety data such as navigation, phone and media. Other highlights of the new Velar will include coloured Head-Up-Display (HUD) that projects vehicle data such as speed, gear position and navigation directions on the windscreen.
The exterior will receive 22inch 9 split-spoke alloys and Matrix-laser LED headlamps on higher trims. The standard equipment will consist of rain sensing wipers, tailgate slotted spoiler, flush deployable door handles and heated exterior mirrors. At the rear, the SUV will get LED quad tail lamps, while the standard safety features will include intrusion sensor, Emergency Brake Assist and six airbags.
The new SUV will be powered by a 2.0 litre Ingenium four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine (D180) that produces 177 hp of power and 430 Nm of torque. The 3.0 litre V6 twin turbocharged diesel unit (D300) will power the higher diesel variants. The engine will generate 296 hp and 700 Nm of peak torque. The petrol variants, on the other hand, gets a P250 Ingenium 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 246 hp of power and 365 Nm of torque. All engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The dealer also stated that the company might not introduce the petrol engine in India and it will be specific to international markets. The company is likely to offer the SUV with All Wheel Drive (AWD) with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) as standard for off-road as well as on-road capability. The AWD with IDD will provide torque distribution to the front and rear axle for maximum traction and fuel efficiency.