It has been already reported by OVERDRIVE that the all-new Land Rover Velar arrives in India by the end of this year. For all those waiting to buy this premium SUV in India, there is a more convincing reason to get one. The India-bound Land Rover Velar has scored five-stars in the Euro NCAP ratings, making it one of the best overall performers, with good results in all aspects of safety, stated the company. With the latest crash test results, the Land Rover Velar has joined the league of safer SUVs like the Volvo XC90 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. The Land Rover Velar scores 93 per cent in adult occupant protection and 85 per cent in child occupant. In the pedestrian protection section, the Land Rover Velar scored 74 per cent.
The crash test report of the Land Rover Velar states that the passenger compartment of the Velar remained stable in the frontal offset test. Protection of the passenger dummy was good for all critical body areas. Protection of the knees and femurs was good for both dummies and a similar level of protection is provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the full-width rigid-barrier test, protection of the chest of the rear passenger was rated as marginal, based on dummy readings of rib compression. Otherwise, protection of the driver and rear passenger was good or adequate. In both the side barrier test and the more severe side pole impact, protection of all critical body areas was good and the Velar scored maximum points.
Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated marginal whiplash protection. The Velar has a standard fit autonomous emergency braking system. Tests of the functionality of this system at the low speeds at which many whiplash injuries occur showed good performance, with collisions avoided at almost all test speeds.
Euro NCAP also stated that the crash test result of the Jaguar F-Pace will be shared soon. We believe it might be similar to the Land Rover, considering both the vehicles shares the same platform. However, official results will bring a confirmation on it. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel Ingenium motor will be available in two states of tune - 180PS/430Nm and 240PS/500Nm. The 3.0-litre V6 diesel puts out 300PS/700Nm with a claimed 0-100kmph time of 6.7s. The petrol variants will be powered by 2.0-litre V6 Ingenium motor that puts out 250PS/365Nm. And the most powerful version of the lot will be the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 that will make an impressive 380PS/450Nm and will reach 100kmph in a claimed 5.3s. We have already sampled the D300, the flagship V6 diesel which will be the one that will attract volumes. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar will be manufactured at the company's flagship Solihull plant in West Midlands, UK. The same facility manufactures the Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE and the Range Rover Sport. We believe that JLR India will be bringing in the Velar to the country through the CBU route, to begin with, as seen the case with the Land Rover range introduced in India.