Jaguar Land Rover Seeks 'Fair' Support for Carmakers After Brexit

It nonetheless offers almost 10 inches of ground clearance when it's ordered with the optional air suspension, allowing it to drive through about 25 inches of water. The most basic unit, available only with the lowest two trim levels, will be a four-cylinder diesel producing 178bhp and 430Nm of torque - enough for a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds, but Carbon dioxide emissions of just 142g/km. Land Rover is claiming a 5.3-second zero-to-60-mph run for the Velar when equipped with the V-6 gasoline engine. Its earnings for the nine months through December dropped 15 percent, which the company blamed in part on a weaker product mix and higher marketing spending.

Jaguar Land Rover's latest model is to be built exclusively at its plant in Solihull as the luxury vehicle maker pledged its "heart and soul" to the UK. Torque vectoring is standard across the range.

The Velar itself will be about £15k cheaper than the entry-level Range Rover Sport, too - but it's worth noting that the entry point is for the 176bhp diesel in Standard trim only; if you want to get close to matching the performance of even the most modest Macan, the £43,500 model that has 249bhp, you'll need a Velar S D240, which costs £10,000 more, at £53,720.

The Velar is predominantly made from aluminium to minimise weight, with steel and magnesium to add stiffness. Normally, it'd make sense to rail against the lack of standard kit, but if you're not going to take your Velar to Monument Valley, what use do you have for a locking rear diff and terrain response control?

At launch the Velar will be offered with two four-cylinder diesel engines - a 2.0-litre D180 (178bhp, 317lb ft) and a D240 of the same capacity (237bhp, 369lb ft) - and two petrol engines with the same cylinder count, the P250 (247bhp and 269lb ft) and the P300 (296bhp and 295lb ft). There is also a four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine offering 180 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque, while at the top of the range is the powerful supercharged V6 gasoline engine with 380 hp.

Up front, the Velar is immediately recognizable as a member of the Land Rover lineup. Neat touches such as the door handles that sit flush with the door until needed and ultra-thin LED headlights add to the smooth appearance. With a drag coefficient of 0.32 it's the most aerodynamic Land Rover ever.

The Range Rover Velar will be sold in more than 100 markets globally and is available to order from summer 2017. The surface finish and how the screen's touch "buttons" operate are similar to those on the centre console in Porcshe's new Panamera. It can cope with up to 650mm of water, and wade-sensing technology displays the water level on the screen inside.

The Velar is undoubtedly a very attractive SUV, but by making this an innovative urban-focused vehicle that is extremely capable off-road, as well as eliminating the painful price jump from Evoque to Sport, Land Rover may well have another global hit on its hands. Although Speth said the styling was nearly complete, and McGovern suggested the auto was nearly ready for its public debut, the new Defender isn't expected to go on sale until 2019. The 3.0-litre D300 starts from £57,670 and the 2.0-litre P250 starts from £52,120 with the 3.0-litre P380 costing from £70,210. A First Edition model limited to 500 examples will be available exclusively during the Velar's first year on the market.

  • Patricia Jimenez