An update has been given to the Range Rover Velar, tweaking its looks slightly, and increasing the all-electric range on the plug-in hybrid PHEV) P400e variant. Together with the PHEV drivetrain, there are three petrol engine options and two diesel engine options.
On the outside, the updated Range Rover Velar gets a new grille and a new set of pixel LED headlamps. The taillights have also been updated and the Velar gets two new body colours, namely Metallic Varesine Blue and Premium Metallic Zadar Grey.
To recall, the Range Rover Velar is offered with 6 powertrain options – 1 PHEV powertrain, 3 petroleum gasoline powertrains, and 2 diesel powertrains.
- P400e – 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol PHEV, 404 hp (metric), 640 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- P250 – 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, 250 hp (metric), 365 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- P340 – 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol MHEV, 340 hp (metric), 480 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- P400 – 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol MHEV, 400 hp (metric), 550 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- D200 – 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel MHEV, 204 hp (metric), 430 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
- D300 – 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel MHEV, 300 hp (metric) 650 Nm, eight-speed automatic, AWD
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What the 2023 facelift has done is introduce a larger 19.2-kWh battery to the PHEV P400e variant. This has increased the car’s electric-only driving range to 64 km from the previous 53 km. On electric drive alone, the Range Rover Velar can hit a top speed of 140 km/h. The 19.2-kWh battery can be charged at a maximum rate of 50 kW with DC fast charging (0-80% in 30 minutes) and 7 kW with AC charging (0-100% in 2.5 hours).
As for performance, the PHEV P400e has a combined output of 404 hp (metric) and 640 Nm. This launches the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds.
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Inside, the Range Rover Velar gets a new single floating 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen that creates a more simplistic appearance for the dashboard. The screen has neem ergonomically positioned higher and within easier reach to help minimise distraction and reflections.
On the subject of tech, the Range Rover Velar’s over-the-air (OTA ) updates now span 80% of ECUs. This includes navigation, onboard diagnostics, chassis, and powertrain without having to visit a retailer.
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For the cabin, four new leather colourways are introduced, namely Cloud, Caraway, Raven Blue, and Deep Garnet. As for trim options on the steering wheel, centre console surrounds, and air vents, customers can choose a new option called Moonlight Chrome. Other existing trim options include Technical Light Anodised Aluminium, Dark Anodised Aluminium, and tactile Shadow Grey Ash.
To keep cabin noise to an absolute minimum, the Velar features the brand’s pioneering Active Road Noise Cancellation Technology, which makes the Velar the quietest vehicle in its class. The technology senses external frequencies and automatically processes an anti-noise through the vehicle’s audio system, reducing overall interior noise levels by a minimum of 4 dB.
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