Ellie Goulding Welcomes the 2018 Range Rover Velar to the U.S.

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British singer drives new mid-size Range Rover in the “Metropolitan home of Range Rover.”

The first 2018 Range Rover Velar in the U.S. recently made an appearance in the “Big Apple” and singer Ellie Goulding was there to welcome it.

She put on a live performance at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center to mark the arrival of the vehicle designed to fill the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. Goulding was quoted as saying:

“I have always been a big Range Rover fan and it was a pleasure to be a part of its launch here in the US. Even more rewarding to be supporting a local charity that improves over 10,000 lives every year in one of my favorite cities.”

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Thanks to the upcoming East Side House Settlement charity gala, the new mid-size SUV will also raise money for a good cause. On Thursday, April 13, Land Rover will auction off a Velar at the Jacob Javits Center. Proceeds will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a non-profit which provides education and social services to those in need in the Bronx and north Manhattan. According to Land Rover:

“The 2017 gala will mark the second occasion that Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has served as sole sponsor of the event, which last year saw a First Edition Jaguar F-PACE sell at auction for $101,000 and raised a grand total of nearly $500,000 in support of East Side House Settlement.”

Whoever ends up making the winning bid will be one of the first people – outside of Land Rover employees and Ellie Goulding, of course – to drive the new Velar. No word on which engine that particular Velar will have, but when the Velar arrives in Land Rover dealerships, it’ll be available with three power plants: a 247-horsepower 2.0-liter gas I4, a 2.0-liter diesel with 180 horsepower, and a 380-horsepower supercharged gas V6.

Land Rover dealers here in the states have their Velar order books open now and will start making deliveries in late summer. Prices start at $49,900.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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