Colin-on-Cars – New engines and spec upgrades for Velar

Range Rover’s lifestyle on wheels, the Velar, has been updated and now fitted with Land Rover’s infotainment system, Pivi and Pivi Pro. The intelligent and intuitive system, offered as Pivi Pro from an S-specification pack, transforms the digital experience inside Velar.

Pivi is designed around ease of use, with a simple interface reducing the number of interactions to enhance safety and software updates are ‘over-the-air’ reducing the need to visit a retailer. An embedded data connection means customers have access to the latest maps, apps and vehicle software modules with updates scheduled via the touchscreen at a time to suit them.

It is also fitted with Active Road Noise Cancellation. The technology works like a pair of high-end noise cancellation headphones, constantly monitoring vibrations from the road surface and calculating the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants. The effect is subtle, but the minimum reduction of 4 decibels ensures an even more refined and calming interior space.

Also available is the new second-generation wearable Activity Key, which can totally replace the traditional key fob when necessary. The water-resistant and shock-proof wrist device now incorporates an LCD watch and allows customers to start, stop, lock and unlock the vehicle, with no need to take a traditional key fob out with them.

The new Range Rover Velar is also fitted with a suite of new cameras enabling two key new features – 3D Surround Camera and ClearSight Ground View, both of which are fitted as standard. The 3D Surround Camera displays a real-time external 3D perspective of the vehicle via the 10-inch touchscreen – useful for low-speed manoeuvres such as parking by a kerb and getting in and out of tight spaces or junctions. The 3D surround camera can even display a plan view from above – seemingly making the car appear transparent, a feature useful for manoeuvring across different terrains.

The 3D Surround Camera stitches together camera feeds to offer a virtual view underneath the bonnet, rendering it seemingly invisible. Cameras positioned in the front grille and on the door mirrors offer an accurate representation of different terrain or potential hazards. A virtual 180-degree view helps make manoeuvring easier at speeds up to 30km/h.

The new Range Rover Velar has an expanded engine choice to suit every customer, with the new P400e plug-in hybrid (PHEV), a new family of in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and more efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The new 2,0-litre four-cylinder P400e plug-in hybrid offers 297 kW and 640 Nm of torque from its 221 kW petrol engine and 105 kW electric motor, with 0-100 km/h in 5,4 seconds. A 17,1 kWh lithium-ion battery, located under the boot floor, can be charged to 80%t in 30 minutes using a fast DC charge point, or 1 hour 40 minutes using a standard 7 kW wallbox.

A new family of 3,0-litre straight-six Ingenium engines has also been introduced to the Range Rover Velar.  The P340 delivers 250mkW and 480 Nm of torque, with acceleration from 0 -100 km/h in 6., seconds. The straight-six Ingenium petrol engine is lightweight – with a 12,9 kg saving on the unit it replaces – and features mild-hybrid (MHEV) technology.

Meanwhile, the new straight-six D300 diesel engine is also 7 kg lighter than the previous V6, producing 221 kW and 650 Nm of torque to deliver 0-100km/h in 6,5 seconds.

A next-generation 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine – badged D200 – now replaces the previous D180 and D240 options, producing 147 kW and 430 Nm with fuel consumption of up 6,3 l/100 km. The P250, a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol produces 184 kW and 365 Nm while returning an average fuel consumption of 7,8 l/100 km.

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