After substantially updating the highest part of the Range Rover range, Land Rover also takes care of the middle one by presenting the new Velar. This is not a new generation but a full-bodied restyling that focuses more on the contents than on the aesthetics, the main changes of which concern the redesigned grille and the new LED pixel projectors. The major changes, therefore, are found inside where the floating touchscreen stands out in the center of the dashboard which is larger (11.4 inches) and in curved glass, as well as being more sensitive and equipped with haptic feedback. Usability has been increased and 80% of tasks can be done with two taps from the home screen.
At the software level, we note the over-the-air updates, which cover 80% of the programmable modules, including the Pivi Pro7 systems, navigation, on-board diagnostics, chassis and powertrain. Remaining inside the passenger compartment, the British House technicians worked on comfort, implementing the active noise cancellation provided by the Meridian audio systems; the sensors detect the external frequencies and automatically process the opposing frequencies, reducing the internal noise level by at least 4 dB. Added to this are the Cabin Air Purification Plus system which, through the climate control system, guarantees the filtering of PM 2.5 particulate matter and alternative coverings to leather, such as the Kvadrat wool blend and the polyurethane fabric, both inspired by bespoke tailoring.
As for the engines, the 2-litre 4-cylinder engines, both petrol and diesel, with 250 and 204 bhp respectively, are confirmed, to which is added the 300 bhp 3-litre in-line 6-cylinder turbodiesel. The top of the range is represented by the P400e plug-in hybrid, whose powertrain has been updated. The electric unit remains at 105 kW of power, but is now powered by a larger battery that reaches 19.2 kWh and accepts direct current charging up to 50 kW of power. In this way the range in electric mode (WLTP approved) goes from 53 to 64 km and a maximum speed of 140 km/h can be reached. As for performance, with a system output of 404hp, the Velar P400e sprints from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and can reach 209km/h.