Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Back to the Future for Latest Range Rover

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Back to the Future for Latest Range Rover

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NOW - if you find that a Range Rover or Range Rover Sport is just a little too big for your Land Rover SUV motoring needs and an Evoque too small up until now you had a problem.

Not any more because those awfully nice people at Land Rover have launched a whole new model… the Velar.

When I say new that is not strictly true as, if like me you are old enough to (just) remember the launch of the original Range Rover in 1969, you will know that it did not have that name at very first.

A few pre-production cars escaped from the factory wearing Velar badges - and if you think early Range Rovers are changing hands for telephone number money then don't ask the price tag for an original Velar - if you can even find one of the handful believed still to be in existence.

The name, made up from letters Land Rover already had in their parts bin, roughly translates in Latin to mean 'to hide' which was wholly appropriate for those prototypes back in the late 60s, trying to go under the radar during road trials.

Fast forward to 2017 and trying to hide is the last thing the new Velar wants to do. Looking like a giant has stepped on a standard Range Rover and squashed the roofline down, the 'chopped' effect actually works really well - length wise it is roughly the same but the driving position is at Evoque height.

The overall effect gives a meaner 'street SUV' look and judging by the interest the car caused the design is a hit - although that was also partly because they are only just appearing on our roads.

And while the very first Velar Range Rovers had rubber mats, plastic seats and manual wind up windows nothing could be further away in levels of standard equipment and luxury in the futuristic 2017 version. The interior would not look out of place in the cockpit of an executive jet with a bank of touchscreens including the entire centre console lighting up when you press the start button.

Standard kit in our near top of the range R-Dynamic HSE D300 version features luxurious leather heated and cooled seats (electric with memory and massage in the front) sat nav, a premium sound system, adaptive cruise control, adjustable air suspension power gesture tailgate and much, much more. …

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