The New Range Rover Velar electrifies with plug-in hybrid

by SpeedLux
New Range Rover Velar

The New Range Rover Velar is more desirable, sustainable and intelligent with the introduction of an electric plug-in hybrid option, advanced new infotainment technology, and stylish new design features.

The Range Rover Velar, which is the mid-size offering sitting between the entry-point Evoque and the Range Rover Sport is completing the electrification of the British marque’s entire vehicle portfolio.

It’s an electric plug-in hybrid option that comprises a 221kW 2.0l four-cylinder petrol engine with a 76kW electric motor controlled by a 17.1Wh lithium-ion battery. The overall system output is 297kW and 640Nm and performance are said to be 5.4 seconds from 0-100km/h.

The new engines are available with mild-hybrid electric vehicle technology (MHEV) together with the recent engine technologies, for effective performance. The MHEV system makes use of a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) in the engine bay for harvesting energy usually lost under deceleration, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery situated beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy for helping the engine when accelerating away, while also providing a more refined and responsive stop/start system.

The new P400 straight-six engine churns out 550Nm torque and provides an impressive 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds (0-100km in 5.5 seconds.) The engine includes an electric supercharger supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), for enhanced performance.

The vehicle can be 80% charged in just 30 minutes using a fast DC charge point and one hour 40 minutes by using a standard 7kW wall box. The full-electric range is pegged at 53km, with average fuel economy said to be 2.2l/100km. CO² emissions are 49g/km.

The Velar will be available with a new range of 3.0l straight-six engines and fitted standard with all-wheel drive. Termed as P340 petrol with 250kW/480Nm and a D300 221kW/650Nm, these new models also get air suspension as standard fitment. The diesel is said to consume 7.4l/100km.

The new 147kW four-cylinder Ingenium D200 motor has replaced the old 132kW engine in the Evoque is also making a debut in the Velar. What else is new to the Velar include the Land Rover Pivi and Pivi Pro entertainment systems, over-the-air software updates, and Active Road Noise Cancellation feature. A new cabin air filtration and ionization system, a second-generation wearable Activity Key is also available, while a drive selector that takes the place of the rotary gear selector in the cabin.

There’s also a new Range Rover Velar Edition which is based on the R-Dynamic SE specification. Modifications include a black contrast roof, 20-inch black alloy wheels, and bespoke interior touches.

All derivatives of Velar can be ordered now. You can also check Orangewheels Leasing’s latest Velar deals. Customer deliveries of Plug-in-hybrid models will start in early 2021.

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