Range Rover Velar gains new engine choices and safety tech

Range Rover Velar

Land Rover has announced a host of enhancements to the award-winning Range Rover Velar including a broader engine choice, the latest intelligent safety technology and more features such as air suspension and adaptive dynamics now available as options.

The Velar now has two new power outputs that give customers even greater choice. The D275 is a 275 hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, producing 625 Nm of torque, delivering effortless acceleration whilst the new P340 is powered by a 340 hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine producing 450 Nm of torque.

For 2019 model year, customers have a greater breadth of choice when specifying their vehicle. This includes the Kvadrat premium textile seat available more widely across the range.

Joining the suite of driver assistance systems, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist operates between 0-180 km/h and uses the existing Adaptive Cruise Control functionality with Lane Centring to steer the vehicle within its lane as it maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front.

Range Rover Velar

Other features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go that allows the driver to follow a vehicle to a smooth stop and resume from stationary when the driver prompts the system by tapping the accelerator pedal.

The radar-based High-Speed Emergency Braking enables enhanced forward collision detection. The system works between 10-160 km/h and is able to detect an imminent collision, alerting the driver and applying the brakes if the driver fails to respond.

Now fitted as standard, all customers will benefit from a Rear Camera, Front and Rear Parking Aids, Driver Condition Monitor, Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist. Adaptive Dynamics is now optionally available on a number of models throughout the range. By monitoring wheel movement 500 times per second, and body movements 100 times per second, the system continuously varies the damping forces at all four corners of vehicle. This ensures that suspension stiffness is optimised for the driving conditions, improving ride comfort and handling - there’s even a specific calibration for off-road driving.

The Velar is offered with coil springs as standard with four-corner air suspension now an option on all models with V6 engines, the 4-cylinder 240 hp diesel and 300 hp petrol. This system delivers truly outstanding comfort and significantly increased off-road capability.

Customer convenience is boosted by a larger 82-litre fuel (up from 63-litre) tank fitted to a number of petrol models, delivering greater range. The models benefiting from the increase in tank capacity are the 380 hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged, new 340 hp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged, 300 hp 2.0-litre Ingenium and the 250 hp 2.0-litre Ingenium engine.

All petrol engines are now equipped with particulate filters to make them even cleaner. The highly efficient, close-coupled filters are neatly integrated into the aftertreatment system and trap ultrafine particles as the exhaust gas passes through them. Under normal driving conditions, the trapped particles will be oxidised into CO2 and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.

The 2019 Range Rover Velar is available to order with a starting price of £44,735.

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