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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar stuns in Scandinavia

Impressive new infotainment and tech augments an already formidable SUV.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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The Land Rover Velar is named for the company's original 1969 Range Rover prototypes, which were given a code name, "Velar," from the Latin word that means "to hide."

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Velar slots in between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the Range Rover family.

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The Velar's cabin is a study in sleek lines and good-quality materials.

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Note how close to the ground the Velar can sit with its optional air suspension at its lowest setting.

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The Velar's tail is probably its busiest view, but it still looks good.

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The Velar's profile is remarkably clean and unadorned, particularly since the light fixtures and fender vents are so narrow, and the door handles are power retractable units.

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Control Touch Duo's two 10-inch touchscreens are the heart of the Velar's capabilities.

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If anything, the Velar's cabin is actually nicer than its pricier Land Rover siblings.

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LED headlamps are standard, but we won't get the same trick active units as in other parts of the world. Blame Washington, not Land Rover.

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That little badge below "Velar"? It's how you can tell what engine is inside.

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Check out the subtle surfacing and detailing in the grille.

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This fully loaded First Edition tester features massive 22-inch wheels. They're great for aesthetics, but probably would be less ideal for people who live in states with poor road conditions.

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Copper trim is optional, and surprisingly tasteful.

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You're looking at a leather-free interior with sustainable fabrics made of wool and recycled materials.

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