What is in for Jaguar Land Rover in the United States for the 2018 model year? Jaguar Land Rover’s display lineup for the upcoming 2017 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) -- to be held at the Jacob Javits Center on April 12 to 23 – could give us some clues.
Jaguar Land Rover’s booth at the New York Auto Show will showcase two of its newest offerings – the new 2018 Range Rover Velar and the refreshed 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE. This will mark their debut on the American soil, bringing more excitement to customers in this part of the world.
The arrival of the new Range Rover Velar coupe-SUV meant that Land Rover’s Range Rover range now has four members. The Velar coupe-SUV is set to bring more depth to the carmaker’s already impressive offering, filling a slot between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. There will be a new size hierarchy in the Range Rover family, starting from the largest to the smallest: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and the Range Rover Evoque.
As developed, the new Range Rover Velar underpinned by the Jaguar Land Rover Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, which is turn serves as a perfect foundation for its aluminum-intensive unibody construction. Interestingly, 82 percent of the Range Rover Velar’s body-in-white are made from aluminum alloys.
Meanwhile the Jaguar F-Type has received a facelift for the 2018 model. While the updates are subtle, the new Jaguar F-Type has become a more technologically updated sports car offering greater degree of comfort and luxury. Some of the changes include bumpers now featuring a simpler form and bolder surfaces. The double ‘shark gill’ apertures are now replaced by large single apertures. The 2018 F-Type now comes with new lightweight slimline seats boasting of superior ergonomics and excellent comfort. These seats are lighter than usual, thanks to the fact that their seat frames are made from magnesium alloy.
For the 2018 model year, the F-Type could be mounted with GoPro’s cameras -- HERO5 Black, HERO5 Session, HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver. The new F-Type could now use a new downloadable app called “ReRun” which allows captured real-time video to be overlaid with key performance data from the F-Type. Drivers just need to link their smartphone to the GoPro camera and to the Touch Pro infotainment system.
To celebrate the introduction of the Range Rover Velar, Land Rover will be launching the Range Rover Velar First Edition. Orders will be limited to just 500 units in the US, with the Range Rover Velar First Edition only available for the 2018 model year.
A 2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition will be up for auction at the annual East Side House Settlement Gala. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the East Side House Settlement, which is a community-based organization in the South Bronx working with schools and community centers.