2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase revealed
* Extra length gives even more rear legroom * Exclusive spec available only on LWB version * On sale early 2014, priced from £140,000 (est.)...
This is the 2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase (LWB), which boasts more rear legroom, and – in Autobiography Black guise shown here – the most luxurious specification yet.
As with other LWB cars, the Range Rover’s dimensions have increased by adding more length between the wheels; the front and rear overhangs are unchanged. There’s now an additional 140mm of space for rear passengers to stretch out in.
The LWB is only available in Autobiography trim or a new Autobiography Black spec; the latter is exclusive to the longer car. On Autobiography models, buyers will have the choice of a rear seat bench or what Range Rover calls ‘Executive Class’ seats, which are two fully adjustable chairs with a centre console between them.
The Executive seats in the LWB can recline twice as far as the same layout on the standard Range Rover. Rear passengers also benefit from powered door blinds and a panoramic sunroof as standard.
The Autobiography Black edition is only available with the Executive seating layout. The new leather seats offer memory settings, a massage function and climate control for all passengers in the car.
Between the seats in the Black edition is an extended centre console, which houses a chiller for a bottle and glasses, electric foldaway tables with USB ports, and the climate and seat controls.
There are large 10.2-inch screens set into the back of the driver and front passenger headrests, with the top spec Meridian audio system fitted as standard.
Range Rover has also given the Autobiography Black edition more luxurious trim around the cabin. The seat backs, lower body pillars and even the parcel shelf are now wrapped in leather.
On the outside, the Black gets new detailing to the grille, side vents and rear lamps, while new 21- and 22-inch polished alloy wheels are also exclusive to the trim.
The Range Rover Long Wheelbase will be shown for the first time at the Dubai motor show in early November. This will be followed by appearances at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou motor shows two weeks later.
The LWB is expected to cost from around £140,000. The first deliveries will begin in March 2014, while the LWB Autobiography Black will arrive with customers from August. A hybrid LWB is also expected to appear late next year.