While Jaguar is new to the luxury SUV game, not too distant cousin Range Rover is the brand that came up with the genre. But despite being the default choice for many (including Jeremy Clarkson), up until now, Range Rover didn't have a proper mid-sized product to fill the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
That changes forever with the introduction of the Velar, which is also the first Jaguar Land Rover product to have their next-generation interior. The big news is that the Velar's dashboard doesn't contain any physical buttons, as all of those got replaced by two rotary selectors and a pair of touchscreens, otherwise known as the "Touch Pro Duo" system.
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Being a Jaguar F-Pace wrapped in a sleek new body and thicker leathers for the most part, the Velar will also be available with JLR's 380 horsepower supercharged V6, while all six-cylinder models get the air suspension standard. With the most powerful engine, the new Range Rover will get to sixty in 5.3 seconds. Not bad for a car that can also drive through waters as deep as 26 inches.
The gizmos under the hood are equally impressive. As well as acting as a 4G hotspot, the infotainment system can also stream multiple high-def video feeds, plan your route using historic and current traffic data, and allow you to lock and unlock your car remotely from anywhere using your phone.
There's a 360-degree view camera, trailer-reversing assist, and all the semi-autonomous features you'd expect in a car that's here to preview what's coming in a whole range of upcoming Jaguar Land Rover products. And with such contemporary design details as the floating glass roof, the retractable door handles and the copper exterior trim, the Velar is set to please many.