Chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding revealed the new Range Rover Velar in the US with a live online performance in New York.
Bringing a touch of British glamour to the Velar’s US launch party in Manhattan, Goulding’s performance of ‘Love Me Like You Do’ opened the event and was shown live on her Facebook page.
Goulding said: “I have always been a big Range Rover fan and it was a pleasure to be a part of its launch here in the US. Even more rewarding to be supporting a local charity that improves over 10,000 lives every year in one of my favourite cities.”
A Range Rover Velar will be auctioned at the East Side House Settlement charity gala, a preview of the 2017 New York International Auto Show, at the Jacob Javits Center on Thursday 13 April. The winning bidder will be among the first customers in the world to take delivery of the new vehicle. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the East Side House Settlement, a non-profit organisation providing education and social services in the Bronx and north Manhattan.
Designed to fill the space between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar brings ‘unprecedented glamour, modernity and elegance’ to the Range Rover family, says JLR.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Velar is now the compelling, stand-out design in the class, showcasing perfectly optimised volume, powerful, taut surfaces and a stunning silhouette.”
Launching with a suite of consumer technologies, at its heart is an all-new, cutting-edge infotainment system called Touch Pro Duo. Known as ‘Blade’ by development engineers because of its slender profile and clean surfaces, it makes the in-car technology experience 'clearer, quicker and more enjoyable'.
The Velar is created from a clean sheet using Jaguar Land Rover’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. Safer, stronger and cleaner, the Architecture also improves driving performance.
Five engines are offered at launch, ranging from a ‘clean, responsive’ 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel to the potent 380PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. A 300PS Ingenium petrol engine will join the Velar range later in 2017.