The 2018 Range Rover has been launched today to motoring media with the new luxury SUV going on-sale around the country from 22 September.

THE 2018 RANGE ROVER VELAR has arrived in Australia and will go on-sale around the country this Friday. Practical Motoring will have a local first drive online tomorrow. If you can’t wait for that, though, you can read our international first drive. Prices range from $70,662+ORC – $135,762+ORC. The First Edition launch model is priced from $168,250+ORC.

The Velar gets three Ingenium four-cylinder engines offering 132kW, 177kW and 184kW outputs. A more powerful 221kW engine will arrive at the end of the year. There’s also a V6 diesel which offers 700Nm of torque, and a 280kW supercharged V6 petrol engine.

The Velar and Velar R-Dynamic core range comprises Standard, S, SE or HSE specifications. Customers can also specify Black and Luxury Exterior Packs.

The most exclusive will be the First Edition, which be available worldwide but strictly for one model year only. Even more luxurious than the HSE specification, this model is powered solely by the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel engines and features a wealth of extra features as standard, including full extended leather interior trim to complement the perforated Windsor leather seats in Nimbus or Ebony, 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System, Matrix-Laser LED headlights and 22-inch Split-Spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.

Exterior paint colours for the First Edition are Corris Grey, Silicon Silver, and Flux Silver – a unique satin finish exclusive to the First Edition for the first model year.

As you would expect, the Velar is capable when the bitumen runs out with 251mm when riding on air suspension (213mm with coil springs), wading depth of 650mm (600mm with coil springs) and Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control.

On the inside, the headline grabber is the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, this features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreens integrated seamlessly behind secret-until-lit surfaces. The rest of the cabin is typical Range Rover luxury and boot space is 558 litres.

Stay tuned for our first drive later this week.


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