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Land Rover's Range Rover Velar nets a hybrid powertrain for 2021

Land Rover is making some big changes in its Range Rover SUV lineup, the most important of which is adding a hybrid powertrain to the Velar, as well as upgraded infotainment.

The supercharged V6 usually found in the Velar will be replaced by a new “Ingenium” inline-six engine and paired with a hybrid-electric powertrain.

The hybrid mates a 48-volt system to an integrated starter/generator, and features an electric supercharger to supplement the turbochargers.

S, R-Dynamic S and R-Dynamic HSE trims will be available with the new hybrid powertrain; it’ll produce 335 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque in the latter two trims, but increase the number to 395 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque in P400 R-Dynamic HSE spec. According to Land Rover, the hybrid powertrain can scoot the vehicle to 100 km/h from zero in just 5.2 seconds.

The updates don’t stop there, however; they continue on to the inside of the vehicle, where Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment system has been upgraded to the latest version, playing on an HD-quality 10-inch touchscreen. The system also gets active road noise cancelling and a custom smartwatch security system dubbed “Activity Key.”

All models will now feature an advanced cabin filtration system for 2021 as well. Canadian pricing and availability will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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