Top-end Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography coming to India

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | MICHAEL GONSALVES
Published Feb 6, 2019, 2:29 am IST
Updated Feb 6, 2019, 2:29 am IST
The new top-end Velar starts off at £86,120 in the UK and it would also be introduced in India.
The range-topping  Velar also features improved  brakes (395mm  front and 396mm rear)  with four pistons, alongside  firmer air chambers  for the air suspension.
 The range-topping Velar also features improved brakes (395mm front and 396mm rear) with four pistons, alongside firmer air chambers for the air suspension.

Pune: Tata Motors-owned  British luxury sports car  maker Jaguar Land Rover  on Tuesday unveiled the  new version of Range Rover Velar midsize SUV called  Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography  (SVA) Dynamic. 

The new top-end Velar  starts off at £86,120 in the  UK and it would also be introduced in India. However, officially the company has not yet announced its  India launch or pricing.  In India the top-end 3  litre diesel Range Rover  Velar HSE is priced Rs 1.32  crore at the Mumbai showroom. When introduced in India, the new Velar SVA will directly take on the  popular Porsche Macan  Turbo SUV. 

 

This new Velar SVA is equipped with a 550HP,  5.0-litre supercharged V8  petrol engine paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It is interesting to note  that Land Rover has not badged the new range-topping Velar as an SVR (the  top-spec Range Rover  Sport is an SVR), and instead, gets the SV Autobiography  (SVA) Dynamic badge from the full-size  Range Rover.

Significantly, the powerful Velar SVA is capable of  0-100 kph sprint in just  about 4.5 seconds, the company claimed. The SUV can go on to a top speed of 273 km per hour. The brand also claims that the Velar SVA is tuned  towards the refinement and  comfort instead of the performance  and dynamics. 

The range-topping Velar also features improved  brakes (395mm  front and 396mm rear) with four pistons, alongside firmer air chambers for the air suspension. Upgraded  anti-roll bars combined  with a revised variable  damping system ensure handling matches the pace on offer. The brand claims to  have recalibrated the steering,  all-wheel drive system, 8-speed transmission, and  the active rear differential,  all to improve the dynamics. 

A stronger transfer box has also been added to the  all-wheel drive system to  ensure the driveline can withstand the supercharged  V8’s 680Nm of  torque. It is also equipped  with a lighter and louder  active exhaust. 

“The challenge to develop  the Range Rover Velar  SV Autobiography Dynamic  Edition was to increase performance  without compromising  the composure, capability and refinement inherent in Range Rover Velar,” Michael van der  Sande, managing director  at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said. “We have created an  SUV that strikes a brilliant  balance between go-anywhere  practicality, dynamic  performance and relaxing  comfort,” he boasted.

On the outside, the new  Velar gets larger air-intakes,  a new grille and rear  bumper, quad-exhaust  pipes as well as lighter 21 or  22-inch wheels. It also gets  new colours and a contrast black roof.  On the inside, it gets all  the creature comforts from  the current top-end Velar, along with unique quilted  leather in four colours. The Velar SVA also gets a carbon- fibre interior option. 

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