Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) will launch the new Ranger Rover Velar later this month and while the price is not being revealed yet, the company has provided some information on its specifications and features.

The version imported to Malaysia will have the Ingenium P250 engine, a 250 ps/365 Nm 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo petrol engine with variable valve timing as well as variable intake valve lift.

The standard transmission will be the 8-speeder made by ZF while power delivery to all four wheels is through an all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics.

The Velar’s body is an aluminium-intensive monocoque which uses Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. Aluminium alloys account for more than 81% of the bodyshell – a figure the company says no competitor can match.

In spite of significantly reduced weight (compared to a similarly sized SUV), the Velar can still provide exceptional levels of crash protection. Last October, EuroNCAP (the independent safety research organisation in Europe) announced that after crash-testing the Velar, it qualified for the full 5-star rating.

The Velar’s comprehensive safety package will include 6 airbags and a suite of technology advanced driver assistance systems such as Head Up Display, Navigation Pro System, Cruise Control Speed Limiter and High Beam Assist.

Other features include the most slender full-LED headlights ever installed on a Land Rover model, and door handles which slide into the door panels when not in use, making for a cleaner appearance as well as removing obstruction to airflow. Customers can choose from four different rim designs, all with 21-inch diameters.

Inside, there is the Touch Pro Duo system that features two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens while the driver has a Virtual Instrument TFT Display with a Surround Camera providing a view all around the SUV for easier parking and manoeuvring. For extra convenience, the tailgate has proximity sensors which detect gestures and opens up. It is not a two-piece door, a design which has been a Range Rover feature for many decades.

The Velar was among the finalists for the 2018 World Car of the Year and while it did not win the overall title, it was picked as winner of the World Car Design of the Year.

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