2021 Range Rover Velar revealed: price, specs and release date

Three years after it first went on sale, the Range Rover Velar has been given frugal and powerful hybrid engines and new technology that's designed to make it more relaxing to drive...

2021 Range Rover Velar front action

On sale Early 2021 | Price from £46,110

You hear a lot about cars getting facelifts, but the refresh of the Range Rover Velar for 2021 is more of a heart transplant, with the headline news a new plug-in hybrid option.

Called the P400e, this new variant combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total of 398bhp. That’s enough for 0-62mph in 5.1sec, plus it’s possible to travel for up to 33 miles on pure electric power.

The P400e’s battery can then be recharged to 80% in 30 minutes using the sort of 50kW rapid charger that’s typically found at UK motorway service stations (its maximum charging rate is actually only 32kW). Or alternatively a 7kW home wallbox will do the job in 1 hour 40 minutes.

2021 Range Rover Velar rear static

Other engines available include updated 2.0-litre diesels and new 3.0-litre petrols and diesels, all of which feature mild hybrid technology to boost efficiency.

The new 201bhp 2.0-litre diesel, for example, emits 165g/km of CO2 and averages up to 44.9mpg in official WLTP tests, whereas the equivalent figures for its What Car? Award-winning predecessor were 177g/km and 42.0mpg, even though that had just 178bhp.

The Velar has the potential to be quieter than before, too, because versions equipped with the Meridian premium sound system now feature a system that monitors vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by occupants.

Meanwhile, the final significant change is to the infotainment software, with the Velar getting the Pivi Pro system that debuted recently in the new Land Rover Defender.

2021 Range Rover Velar dashboard

A huge step forward from any previous Land Rover system, Pivi Pro offers quick responses, logical menus and a customisable home screen so you can create shortcuts to the features you use most often.

The system also allows wireless software updates and Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once. And it will even get to know your habits; for example, the sat-nav will learn to keep quiet on routes you travel regularly.

The 2021 Velar is available to order now, with deliveries beginning early next year.

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