Land Rover is adding a new midsized SUV to fill out its already robust lineup. Positioned in between the entry-level Evoque and Discovery Sport, the five-seat Velar looks to expand the upscale brand’s offerings in the luxury SUV market.

With a greater emphasis on sport rather than off-road prowess, the Velar will likely compete with other European models, such as the Porsche Macan, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Jaguar F-Pace.

To save weight, the Velar will get a lightweight and stiff aluminum body structure.

Three powertrains will be offered, including a 180-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, a 247-hp 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder, and a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter gas V6. Each will be hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive standard.

The company says that six-cylinder models can tow 5,500 pounds.

Optional advanced safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and reverse traffic detection.

An air suspension will be standard on six-cylinder models to give more adjustability for various on- and off-road conditions. The standard all-wheel-drive hardware will offer an optional active locking rear differential to help with more demanding off-road adventures, as well as hill descent control that lets the driver stay off the brakes, letting the vehicle automatically crawl down steep slopes. 

2018 Land Rover Velar SUV interior

Inside, you’ll find the usual Land Rover high-class treatment, but Velar buyers can itch their environmental instincts by ordering their SUV with “sustainable, premium textile seat material” that the company says is an alternative to leather. Regular leather will also be available.

Debuting on the Velar is Land Rover’s new InControl infotainment system, called Touch Pro Duo, which features two high-definition 10-inch touch screens. We hope this is an upgrade over the last Land Rover infotainment system we tested in the Discovery Sport, which wasn’t class-leading by any means because it was a very long reach to the high-mounted touch screen, and system response was very slow.

The Velar trim line ranges from Standard, S, and SE to top-shelf HSE. It’s expected to arrive at U.S. dealers later this year with prices starting at $50,895. There will also be a limited run of First Edition models, which will get the supercharged V6 standard and will cost $90,295.

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