This week, Land Rover announced the opening of customer orders for its updated 2024 Range Rover Velar. The five-seat, midsize-class Velar debuted in 2017 to fill the gap between brand’s compact Evoque and flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. This proved to be a smart decision, at least at first, as more than 17,000 units found homes in 2018 and 2019. It has cooled considerably since then with just 8,565 models sold in 2022, though we’re not sure how much of that is due to waning demand or post-COVID supply-chain issues.
2024 Range Rover Velar
Land Rover is banking on the 2024 Velar to re-ignite consumer interest. This is not a full-on redesign, but rather a second freshening (the first was in 2020) that includes an exterior facelift, a revamped interior, and updated tech.
The initial Velar boasted sleek, futuristic lines, which still look good in 2023. The only major changes for the 2024 model are reworked headlights and taillights, a new grille, and rear diffuser. Interior changes are more significant. The previous models’ dual-touchscreen interface has been replaced by a single 11.4-inch curved-glass display. The only physical buttons are found on the steering wheel, with frequently used functions being virtualized on the sides of the infotainment screen. The system also supports over-the-air updates and in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity.
While buyers can still choose leather upholstery, Land Rover is also providing a wool/polyurethane blend option. Several Meridian-brand audio systems will be available, including a 17-speaker unit that also includes an active noise cancelling function designed to reduce interior noise levels.
The 2024 Velar’s grade structure in the US ascends through the base P250 S, P250 Dynamic SE, P400 Dynamic SE, and P400 Dynamic HSE. P250 models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The P400 uses a “mild hybrid” system with a 48-volt battery that pairs with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder gas engine to produce a total of 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The previously available 335-horsepower six-cylinder has been discontinued. All models come standard with all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission. Plug-in hybrid and diesel powertrain options will be available for buyers outside North America.
Base pricing for the 2024 Range Rover Velar starts at $61,500 for the P250 S, rising to $78,400 for the P400 Dynamic HSE, not including destination fee. Interested customers can order their vehicles now, so we would expect initial deliveries to begin within the next couple months.
The Velar’s interior was the area that most needed an update, and we’re glad to see Land Rover addressing this for 2024. The dual-screen climate and infotainment setup was needlessly complex, and now the brand claims that more than 80 percent of operations can now be performed with a maximum of two taps. While North America almost certainly won’t get any of the available diesel engines, we would like the plug-in hybrid variant make its way over here as its larger battery could potentially deliver up to 40 miles of electric-only driving.
2024 Range Rover Velar Gallery
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