The top model produces 395 hp and takes just 5.2 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Back in September, it was announced that the Range Rover Velar would be receiving a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time as part of the luxury SUV's 2021 updates. At the time, we didn't know what the US-spec Velar's engine choices would be for 2021, but the automaker has now shared all the details.
Along with new mild-hybrid inline-six-cylinder engines, the classy Velar - which is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Sport models - now comes with the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, over-the-air software updates, and an even quieter cabin with Active Road Noise Cancellation. Worth noting is that the pictures here are of the European models.
The new 3.0-liter Ingenium six-cylinder engine is offered in two states of tune, with both employing an electric supercharger along with a twin-scroll turbocharger.
The mild-hybrid system makes use of a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) that harvests energy usually lost during deceleration. This energy is then stored in the 48-volt lithium-ion battery and is used to, for example, assist the engine under acceleration.
The lower-powered P340 develops 335 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque while the P400 generates 395 hp and 405 lb-ft. In the case of the P400, that's enough to reach 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. An air suspension is paired with these powerplants and an all-wheel-drive system as standard. As before, the lower-priced Velar makes use of a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 247 hp, but there is no sign of last year's V8.
Moving inside, the previous Touch Pro Duo infotainment system has been replaced by the latest Pivi Pro system. With super sharp HD graphics, quick response times, and well-placed digital screens, it's an easier system to use than before.
The latest electrical architecture ensures not only that the system powers up quickly, but that over-the-air software updates negates the need to visit a dealer. Customers can use the embedded data connection to, for example, access the latest navigation maps. Bluetooth connectivity is possible for two phones while Spotify has been directly integrated into the infotainment structure. Improving driver visibility is a new 3D surround-view camera system that comes as standard on every Velar.
Technology aside, this is still a luxurious midsize SUV. Along with fine craftsmanship in the best Land Rover tradition, the Velar now includes an Active Road Noise Cancellation system. This tech picks up on vibrations from the road and works out the ideal opposite phase sound wave that is required to eliminate the noise for occupants. Apparently, it results in a drop in sound levels of four decibels.
Other subtle updates include a revised steering wheel with new smart buttons, while the previous rotary gear selector has been ditched for a new Drive Selector. An available Cabin Air Filtration system can reduce odors and pollen levels in the cabin. Finally, a new wearable Activity Key is available. With its own LCD screen, the key can be used to unlock, start, or stop the Velar more conveniently.
Pricing for the 2021 Range Rover Velar begins at $56,900 for the Velar S, with the Velar R-Dynamic S going for $58,900. Those are the four-cylinder models, while the six-cylinder P340 Velar S costs $63,900 and the R-Dynamic S carries a price tag of $65,900. Finally, the R-Dynamic HSE with the higher-powered P400 engine tops the lineup at $76,900.