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Range Rover Long Wheelbase (3)

Land Rover is extending the customer appeal of its family of luxury vehicles with the launch of a new long-wheelbase Range Rover (above) and the addition of an exclusive specification – the Range Rover Autobiography Black. It’s the first series production Range Rover long wheelbase since the 1992-1995 Classic LSE and this new model will cater for a growing group of consumers looking for the ultimate combination of luxury combined with off-road capability as well as heading up Land Rover’s Engineered To Order (ETO) portfolio.

An additional 140mm to rear legroom has been achieved by lengthening the bodyshell in front of the rear wheels. Clever packaging ensures the floating roof and distinctive Range Rover silhouette have been retained to ensure this addition to the family line-up is instantly recognisable. Available with either bench or individual Executive Class rear seats, the second row executive-style seats can recline to 17 degrees, a full eight degrees more than the nine degrees on the standard wheelbase. Range Rover long wheelbase models will carry a distinctive ‘L’ badge mounted into the exterior accents behind each front wheel arch.

The long wheelbase will be offered on Autobiography and Autobiography Black models. A Range Rover Hybrid derivative will also become available later in 2014.

Range Rover Long Wheelbase (1)

New Autobiography Black edition

The new Range Rover Autobiography Black makes its debut at the Dubai motor show in early November. The interior has been carefully crafted and tailored to meet customer needs with subtle but distinctive exterior detailing and is appointed and finished with the highest quality leathers and materials.

A number of changes to the Autobiography Black exterior include a unique design finish has been appointed to the front grille and side vents along with distinguishable badging in black enamel and chrome. Rear lamps and auxiliary vents to the front add to the exclusivity of this vehicle with a chrome accent finish to the tailgate. Two new Autobiography Black wheel designs accompany the core Range Rover wheel choices. These are 7-spoke 21in and a 22in wheels with a high gloss polished finish, the latter of which will be available from spring 2014.

The package offers two individual fully adjustable seats and a re-designed full extended centre console. Large 10.2in rear screens are fitted to the rear of the front seats together with Meridian Audio. The rear centre console includes electric picnic tables covered in black leather with integrated USB charging sockets and cup holders.

‘The Range Rover Autobiography Black is our most luxurious specification yet. It epitomises sophisticated design with immaculate attention to detail. The subtle, elegant and luxurious finishing touches combine with a first class experience for both driver and passengers to deliver new levels of exclusivity to our customers,’ said Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

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5 Comments

  1. Quote: “It’s the first Range Rover long wheelbase in 20 years…”

    Oh dear, someone in the Land Rover Press Office is not that conversant with Range Rover history. The first long-wheelbase Range Rover, the Vogue LSE, was actually launched in 1992 and remained in production until January 1995. After that there were specialist long-wheelbase versions of the 38A and L322 generation models built by specialist coachbuilders such as Vantagefield.

    Apart from this it is an impressive transformation whereby the Range Rover has lost none of its elegance or form from elongating the body. It wil undoubtedly sell, particularly in export markets such as China and North America, and further contribute to the commercial success of Land Rover. Great news for Solihull where it is built.

    All that is needed now is a 2-door version of the Range Rover Sport.

  2. I assume they’re not including 3rd party conversions, and seeing that this car is a 2014 model, it is approximately 20 years since the last ones were made!

  3. I wonder how much this bad boy will cost and is it in preparation for competition from Bentley and Rolls Royce. Although the Range Rover will be better looking and a more competent 4X4 anyway.

  4. @maestrowoff:

    Sorry to be pedantic, but the last long-wheelbase Range Rover Classics were actually built in January/early February 1995, for North America.

    The same Press Release in its bullet points also quotes: “Over 840,000 Range Rover vehicles sold since launch in 1970.” I must be dreaming when I saw the one-millionth Range Rover in November 2010.

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