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's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

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