In Norway, minimalist design reigns. Clean lines and unfussy surfacing abounds, from the weather-beaten farmhouses and modern commercial buildings that dot the landscape, to the Scandinavian furniture and clothing carefully curated inside them. It’s all form-follows-function, it’s all gorgeous, and it’s no accident that none of it distracts from the country’s omnipresent scenic vistas.
It makes a lot of sense, then, that Land Rover chose to stage the first drive of its latest SUV, the 2018 Range Rover Velar, within the Northern European country’s borders. The British automaker has taken what it’s calling a “reductive design approach” to its handsome new model, and it shows. Most Land Rover models are largely free of car-designer frosting to begin with, but the Velar takes things even further, with slimmed-down LED headlamps, spare bodysides and even flush-fitting retractable door handles.
The resulting look is streamlined and powerful,…