This is the 2018 Range Rover Velar, and These Are All of the Details

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Last week we showed off the brand new Range Rover Velar. The car was shrouded in darkness, with the promise that we would unveil more once JLR gave us the go-ahead to do so. Well, the time is now, and here it is: Range Rover Velar First Edition details 2017 2018

We Are In Love with the All-new Range Rover Velar

Meet the fourth member of the Range Rover family, the all-new Velar. This mid-sizer, slots in between the Evoque and the Sport and has a starting price of $49,900. Like all Ranges, the Velar uses an aluminum-intensive design to keep the weight down. As much as a mid-size SUV can, we suppose. It is this Editor’s opinion that the Velar wears the Range Rover family design language better than it’s stablemates. Look at the rear end of the Velar, with it’s kicked up rear fascia and hatchback-like upper profile. It’s a shooting brake in my eyes. Range Rover Velar First Edition details 2017 2018

As-is the way with Range Rover products, adjustable air suspension is available (coils are standard). Lest you think this just a soft-roader at best, the Velar features RR’s second generation Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control. If you opt for the air ride, you get 9.88″ of ground clearance (8.38″ for the standard coils) and 25.59″ of wading depth (23.62″ for the regular coils).

Three engines will be available for the Velar: the 2.0T inline-four cylinder engine. Dubbed “Si4,” this four-pot turbo produces 247 horsepower. The Si4 is available in base, “S,” R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE trims.  The next step up is the Ignenium diesel engine, also known as “Td4.” With 180 horsepower, and a massive 317 lb-ft of torque this is the one would would get. Fuel economy and down low grunt sound fantastic in this package. With the diesel engine, the “base” trim is ditched, leaving you with the options of either “S,” or either of the R-Dynamic specs. The diesel has a $1500 price premium over the 2.0T, trim-for-trim. Rounding off the powertrain options is the big boy: the 3.0L supercharged V6, which produces 380 horsepower. Again, the “base” trim is lopped off, leaving “S,”  R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and an exclusive 500-unit run, range-topping, First Edition.

The First Edition Velars are offered in three exclusive colors: Corris Grey, Silicon Silver or Flux Silver and are all available in a satin finish, which is bespoke to the First Editions. There will only be 500 of these hitting the U.S., so you best act fast if exclusivity is your thing. Beyond the slick paint job, custom 22″ wheels, a 1,600 watt Meridian Signature sound system and a bespoke interior round off the list of goodies you can expect. The First Edition starts at $89,300.

Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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