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ALL-NEW VELAR JOINS LAND ROVER LINEUP

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
This all-new crossover from Land Rover sits between the Evoque and the Sport. And based on its twin from the other company owned by the India-based Tatas, the supercharged growler Jaguar F-Pace. Get ready to take off from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph in the 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE.
Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter V-6 engine cranking out 380 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 332 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. It is mated to an impeccable 8-speed auto gearbox, which also can be shifted via steering wheel-mounted paddles. A double wishbone front and integral link rear suspension with Adaptive Dynamics active damping improves balance, handling and grip by automatically adjusting firmness. Apart from normal and eco drives, pick dynamic (for a sporty feel) and Adaptive Surface Response (for dealing with slippery conditions during winter). It helps that the electromechanical power steering is eager to change directions when you turn the wheel. Using the Terrain Response system, choose one of the following as per road/weather conditions: general (for daily driving), grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, sand, rock crawl and dynamic.
Ensconced on the light aluminum structure is an intimidating and upright front mesh grille, flanked by slender but striking LEDs, muscular hood and a sleek roofline. Lending credence to the grandiose cabin is a hidden shifter dial that majestically pops out from a center console nook into the palm of your hand. Like in the F-Pace, the Velar is equipped with an InControl Touch Pro for audio, navigation and phone readings that appear on two 10.2-inch tablet-style capacitive touchscreens. Retractable exterior door handles lend class to this classy vehicle. Other standard comforts are 20-way power front heated/cooled massage seats, electric-recline rear seats, two-zone auto a/c, burnished copper-colored accents, head-up display, power tilt/telescopic steering column and panoramic roof, rear power sunshade and an astonishing 825-watt Meridian sound system.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, dynamic stability and electronic traction control, active front-head restraints, lane keep and park assist, adaptive cruise control, 360 park aid, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are offered at no cost.
The all-new vehicle is a fitting addition to the Land Rover lineup. Like its other siblings, the Velar shows off tremendous off- and on-road prowess in a nimble, brisk, luxury- and tech-packed ride.

VELAR HSE
Tires: 265/45R21
Wheelbase: 113.1 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Weight: 4,471 pounds
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Base price: $77,100
Price as tested: $87,110
Web site: www.landrover.com

CALLING ALL LAND ROVER DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com