The Range Rover Velar has always been a weird one, sitting between the Evoque and Sport variants. But we have news today that the next generation Velar will score two new mild-hybrid engines. (MHEV). I’m not big fan of that term, it simply means a 48V system grants the petrol engine with some electrical assistance, a range extender basically.
A new 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium engine will be under the bonnet, a first for the Velar. The unit is explosive, with 294kW/550Nm on under your right foot. The MHEV system uses a “Belt integrated Starter Generator” (BiSG). It’s designed to capture energy under deceleration. A 48V lithium-ion battery stores the power and trickle feeds electric power, giving the petrol engine a rest at lower speeds, such as taking off from a set a light or coasting at higher speeds.
A deep dive into the nuts and bolts reveals an electric supercharger supported by a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL).
The P400 will bolt to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and suck down 8.9L/100km of petrol on average.
Joining the party reveals a new four-cylinder Ingenium 150kW D200 diesel with the same 49V system. Its claimed fuel economy is 6.3 litres/100km.
The older 2.0-litre four-cylinder 184kW P250 Ingenium petrol engine remains, with 365Nm of torque, and fuel economy of from 9.4 l/100km.
The five-model line-up all come in R-Dynamic form. Deliveries will start in March next year. Australian pricing starts at $87,000 before on-roads.