Range Rover Velar updated with upgraded interior and plug-in hybrid power

Land Rover has revealed its revised Range Rover Velar, which sees a plug-in hybrid being introduced for the first time along with a revised engine range and updated interior.

The Range Rover Velar arrived in 2017 as a new model to the Land Rover line-up – slotting between the Evoque and Sport in the firm’s SUV range.

A series of new engines have been included in the updated Velar

Key to this update is a new plug-in hybrid model – the P400e. It’s a powertrain already available on other Range Rover models, and mates together a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 17.1kWh battery. It produces 399bhp and 640Nm of torque, and can travel for a claimed 33 miles on electricity alone, along with returning 130.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km. Its battery can also be charged from flat to 80 per cent in half an hour using a fast charger.

A pair of mild-hybrid engines have also been introduced, which feature a 48-volt battery to improve efficiency and refinement – this technology being included as standard on the 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel (D300) and 395bhp 3.0-litre petrol (P400). Elsewhere a four-cylinder 201bhp D200 mild-hybrid diesel replaces the previous D180 and D240 models.

The car’s battery can be charged to 80 per cent in half an hour using a fast charger

The other main changes are on the interior, which sees Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system being installed. Available on all but the entry-level version, the system offers a simpler interface, and comes with more shortcut buttons to make it easier to use on the move. Spotify is directly integrated to the cabin for the first time, too.

Other cabin changes include a new steering wheel design with touch-sensitive buttons, along with a more traditional gear selector – replacing the rotary one seen previously. A feature known as Active Road Noise Cancellation has also been introduced to help reduce vibrations and allow for improved interior refinement.

Elsewhere a new ‘Edition’ trim level joins the range, which sits above the R-Dynamic SE specification. It brings extras like black 20-inch alloy wheels and a black roof, and is also available in new Hakabu Silver and Lantau Bronze paint colours.

The Velar gains JLR’s new Pivi Pro system

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It has been fifty years since the introduction of the pioneering Range Rover in 1970, and now every family member is electrified with our awesome plug-in hybrid technology.

Electrified powertrains and cleaner mild hybrid diesel engines mean the Velar is an even more efficient and sustainable option for our customers.”

The updated Range Rover Velar is available to order now, with prices starting from £46,110, a small increase of £400 on the outgoing version.

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Jaguar F-Pace update brings 398bhp hybrid and all-new interior

Jaguar has updated its F-Pace, adding hybrid drivetrains, new looks and new technology to its popular large SUV.

Among the major changes for the 2021 model year is the addition of mild hybrid technology to all diesel variants along with the introduction of a high-performance plug-in hybrid petrol.

Two four-cylinder diesels with mild hybrid systems mark the entry point of the range with 161bhp or 201bhp. Above them is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel with 297bhp. The 161bhp diesel will return up to 45.4mpg, with CO2 emissions from 163g/km.

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An entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder kicks off the petrol range with 248bhp, while a mild hybrid 3.0-litre offers 395bhp.

All the mild hybrids use a 48V integrated starter generator to provide a torque boost and harvest energy from braking.

At the top of the range sits an all-new plug-in hybrid petrol. The P400e uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor and 17.1kWh battery to produce 398bhp and offer an all-electric driving range of up to 33 miles. The same drivetrain will also appear in the new Land Rover Defender.

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Official figures put the F-Pace PHEV’s economy at 130mpg, with emissions as low as 49g/km while it will hit 60mph in just five seconds.

All versions of the F-Pace come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

As is standard with midlife facelifts the external updates are subtle but serve to keep the F-Pace looking fresh. At the front of the car a new bonnet with a power bulge, slimline quad headlights and an enlarged grille emphasis Jaguar’s design direction, while a reshaped bumper aims to give the F-Pace a more “assured dynamic presence”.

All models now come with LED headlights, and auto-dimming or Pixel adaptive LED systems are available on higher-spec versions. At the rear, new slimline lights feature the double chicane graphic first seen on the I-Pace and the tailgate features a more sculpted line, leading to a reshaped bumper for added visual drama.

Larger changes have taken place inside, with the F-Pace getting an all-new interior that aims to focus more on the driver. At the centre of the redesigned cabin is an 11.4-inch curved touchscreen housing the new Pivo Pro infotainment system, from which a reshaped centre console and dashboard extend. The pistol-grip gear selector has been replaced with a squarer metal and leather drive selector with “cricket ball” stitching, while the doors, storage areas and switchgear have been reconfigured to improve ease of use.

New seats feature wider cushioning, new massage functions and larger heated and cooled areas and there is an enhanced air purification system for those worried about pollution getting into the cabin.

The F-Pace also introduces segment-first active noise cancellation and features a new “Guardian” anti-theft mode. This allows owners to set active and inactive times for the car and uses an app to alert them if the car is

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