Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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e original Range Rover was launched in 1970; 47 years later, the Velar, the fourth member of the Range Rover family, was unveiled. Derived from the Latin 'velare' meaning to veil or cover, the inspiration of the moniker dates back to the first Range Rover prototypes kept under wraps in the 1960s. "We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover," said Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerr y McGovern. "It brings a new dimension of glamour, modernity and elegance to the brand. e Range Rover Velar changes everything." Created as a clean sheet utilizing Jaguar Land Rover's lightweight aluminum architecture, the mid-size SUV is designed to bridge the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. e Velar is defined by a visually reductive approach in its design; a continuous waistline rises through to the taut tapered lines of the rear, and a generous 113.15-inch wheelbase contributes significantly to both its elegant design and spacious interior. Pivotal to the contemporary design of the Velar are the full LED headlights (the slenderest ever to appear on a production Land Rover), flush deployable door handles, and available Burnished Copper detailing on the hood vents, front bumper blades, and fender vents. The spirit of reductionism also applies to the interior, which serves to create a streamlined sanctuary optimized for both operator and occupants. Integral to the enhanced driving experience is a suite of consumer technologies that work in tandem to function as a built- in technology butler. e nexus of the suite is an all-new, cutting-edge infotainment system called InControl Touch Pro Duo, featuring two 10-inch screens integrated seamlessly behind hidden-until-lit surfaces. Advanced consumer technology is also reflected in the use of trend setting materials in the cabin, such as an optional sustainable, premium textile seat material as an alternative to leather. e Dapple Grey material was developed together with Kvadrat, a leading manufacturer of high-quality design textiles in Europe, and is complemented with Suedecloth inserts available in Ebony or Light Oyster. Exceptional performance is delivered via three available diesel and gasoline powertrains, all matched to a smooth-shifting ADDING BY SUBTRACTION e Range Rover Velar was designed and engineered with an unwavering belief that less is more Written by Andre James 58 slmag.net

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