The 2022 Velar Auric will be the lineup’s highest trim with state-of-art designing features and facilities. The Velar Auric Edition, known for its avant-garde aesthetics, takes the vehicle’s design inspirations even further. Its design-focused DNA is seen in the details, such as the 20-22-inch wheels, Auric Atlas finishing touches, and the addition of privacy glass for more discretion. Besides, the car is studded with a range of tech options, such as a new cabin air purification system and over-the-air updates.
The new Velar Auric will be available in a range of petrol and diesel engines, each with a mild hybrid electric power source, as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the Auric is also on the cards.
The ‘Gold’ Class Exterior
The Auric Edition of the Range Rover Velar is derived from the Latin word ‘Aurum’, which means ‘gold’. The name alludes to the Auric Atlas external trim finishes that can be seen on the grille, emblems, hood, doors, and front fender vents. The Auric Edition is available in three exterior colors based on the Velar R-Dynamic S trim, namely, Ostuni Pearl White, Santorini Black, and Charente Grey, the latter of which is explicitly reserved for the Auric Edition. Meanwhile, the alloy wheels are 20 inches in diameter and Mercurial Gloss Sparkle Silver finish, while the 22-inch Pincer wheels are also available. The appearance of the vehicle is completed with privacy glass.
The Velar Auric will offer a graciously spacious and comfortable ride due to a length of 189 inches and a width of 84.5 inches. The car will ride on 113 inches of wheelbase with 66 inches of height to ensure generous head and legroom. Besides passenger comfort, the Auric shall be a leading contender in towing as well as roof-carrying capacity. The overhead carrying capacity of the Auric is 174 pounds, and it has a towing capacity of 5291 pounds.
A Super Classy Interior
The Range Rover Auric will offer an interior experience that is tech-rich and healthy at the same time. A new PM2.5 filtering system will be added to the Range Rover Velar’s interior, building on the SUV’s existing air ionization system. The indoor and outdoor air quality sensors in the Cabin Air Purification Plus system detect when CO2 levels increase beyond acceptable levels and flush them out. Meanwhile, the Purify Cycle function allows riders to plan an air cleaning cycle in the car to ensure that it is fresh when they get in. It also allows owners to monitor and purify the air quality with the press of a button.
The Velar Auric will feature Active Road Noise Cancellation technology to offer a quiet, calm, and refined experience. The Auric will have channels of sensors around the vehicle to monitor road noise and tire vibrations to facilitate the feature. Then the system calculates and removes the required sound from entering the interior.
The sound reduction amounts to up to 4 decibels as per the company’s claims.
The Range Rover Velar Auric Edition also comes with a comprehensive list of sophisticated features, including the company’s customizable Interactive Driver Display. This adds to the intelligent Pivi Pro infotainment system by presenting various vehicle and navigation information to the driver, eliminating distractions. Customers can pick from a wide choice of trim treatments for the interior decor, such as Windsor leather or ‘sustainable’ Kvadrat fabrics.
The infotainment and driver’s display will be powered by two 10-inch touchscreens loaded with Pivi and Pivi Pro infotainment systems. The system is thoroughly redesigned to be more user-friendly with an intuitive home screen that will give access to all the essential and favorite features of the system. With the infotainment system, three smartphone connectivity platforms may come as standard – Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Baidu Car Life. The system will be able to connect two smartphones simultaneously via Bluetooth. The system shall also be capable of over-the-air updates with a fully integrated Spotify subscription for enjoying uninterrupted music.
A Range Of Powerful Engines
The new Range Rover Auric will be offered with a range of petrol and diesel powertrains with varied power and range specifications. The petrol engines offered will be P340 and P400. Both engines will have an inline six-cylinder configuration producing 335 HP with 354 lb-ft of torque and 395 HP with 406 lb-ft of torque. The former will do 0 to 60 MPH in 6.0 seconds while the latter completes the same task in 5.2 seconds.
The diesel engine will be the D300 capable of producing 296 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. This engine will propel the car from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.1 seconds. The P400 engine shall return up to 28.8 MPG fuel economy, while the D300 will offer 38.2 MPG. All the engines will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that will power up all wheels.
All engines are available with a 48-volt MHEV or mild-hybrid power generator. In this system, the engines are fitted with a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) that harvest the energy while the engine is decelerating and store it in a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The engines reuse this stored energy while accelerating again.
The MHEV And PHEV Electrification
Besides these MHEV engines, the Velar Auric is also available in a PHEV version, honoring the present fully electrified tradition of Range Rover. Unlike the MHEV models, the Range Rover Velar Auric P400e PHEV can recharge its battery from plug-in sources. The PHEV edition is powered by the P400 petrol engine and uses battery-stored electric power in a hybrid manner. The 17.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be charged up to 80% in half an hour from a 50 kW DC charging source, and the same task takes a little less than 2 hours while charging via a 7 kW domestic charging source. The battery powers up an electric motor that produces 141 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor can power up the vehicle for 33 miles with a top speed of 87 MPH. Combined with a gasoline engine, the PHEV Velar Auric has a fuel economy of 128.4 MPG.
The Range Rover Auric will be the avant-garde edition of the Velar lineup with sophisticated exterior and interior designing features. The car will be placed in the top tier of luxury SUVs with a range of powerful engines offering an optimized fuel economy. The most exciting feature of the Velar Auric is that every engine variant is enabled with the MHEV feature, and it has a PHEV version too. The hybrid powertrains deliver an extended and cost-efficient range. The price of the car may range from $65,000 to $110,000, depending on the engine variant and other specifications.
This vehicle is a triumph for mid-size luxury SUVs.
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