The updated Range Rover Velar line up has arrived in South Africa, sporting a fresh range of engines, including a new plug-in hybrid option, as well as updates to its infotainment system.
The new P400e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2-litre turbopetrol engine with an electric motor for system outputs of 297 kW and 640 N.m. The vehicle offers a claimed all-electric range of 61 kilometres and is priced from R1 651 200.
For those who appreciate displacement, Land Rover has introduced a new pair of 3,0-litre straight-six engines in petrol and diesel guises. The new six-cylinder petrol motor is almost 13 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and features mild-hybrid technology, for the first time in a Velar. The P340 petrol model delivers 250 kW and 480 N.m.
On the diesel front, the new straight-six D300 motor is also seven kilograms lighter than the previous V6, producing 221 kW and 650 N.m.
Land Rover has replaced the D180 and D240 options with a new-generation 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine – badged D200 – and producing 147 kW and 430 N.m.
The P250, a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol model, produces 184 kW and 365 N.m.
Stepping inside the Range Rover Velar, one is greeted by the new Pivi infotainment system, which offers numerous functions via the 10-inch touschcreens, including access to applications via an embedded data connection. Customers can access software updates ‘over-the-air’ reducing the need to visit a retailer, says Land Rover. Streaming service Spotify is integrated directly within the infotainment menu while there’s Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once.
New additional features include Active Road Noise Cancellation and a new Cabin Air Filtration.
The latest Velar also adds a Landmark Edition consisting of specially curated specification, including black contrast sliding panoramic roof, unique detailing, 20-inch alloys and a bespoke new hue: Lantau Bronze.
2021 Range Rover Velar Pricing
D200 S – R1 290 100
D300 S – R1 458 600
P250 S – R1 290 100
P340 S – R1 438 700
P400e S – R1 651 200
D200 R-Dynamic SE – R1 382 900
D300 R-Dynamic SE – R1 551 300
P250 R-Dynamic SE – R1 382 900
P340 R-Dynamic SE – R1 531 500
P400e R-Dynamic SE – R1 739 100
D200 R-Dynamic HSE – R1 492 000
D300 R-Dynamic HSE – R1 631 000
P250 R-Dynamic HSE – R1 492 000
P340 R-Dynamic HSE – R1 611 200
P400e R-Dynamic HSE – R1 834 000
D200 Landmark Edition – R1 428 200
D300 Landmark Edition – R1 596 600
P250 Landmark Edition – R1 428 200
P340 Landmark Edition – R1 576 800
*Land Rover says the prices include VAT but exclude CO2 tax.