Land Rover has revealed the new Range Rover Long Wheelbase – a model that, as its name suggests, has a stretched wheelbase which creates even more rear seat space.
It’s not just the model that’s extended, though: its trim lines are also pushed upwards with a new Autobiography Black variant, currently exclusive to the new Long Wheelbase version.
Over the standard model, the LWB boosts rear legroom by 140mm and now offers up to 17 degrees of seat recline (the regular version offers 9 degrees). A panoramic roof is standard and there are standard side door blinds (to keep celebs away from the paparazzi’s glare).
LWB models will have an ‘L’ badge set within the front door styling accents: the firm has worked hard to otherwise retain all the styling features of the standard car.
It will only be offered in Autobiography or new Autobiography Black trim. The latter has bespoke 21-inch or 22-inch alloys, a new grille finish, revised rear lamps and other subtle changes mark out the new range-topper from outside.
Inside, it has two-seat Executive Class seating, the extended centre console pictured below. This is a wonderful construction, featuring electric tables with integrated USB sockets, chiller compartment and more stowage slots. It’s also illuminated in mood lighting (you’ve a choice of 10).
The seats are fully electric in 18 directions, feature a massage function and there’s a calf rest on the passenger side. There’s far more leather and there will be four exclusive colour combinations. Creating, says Land Rover, the most luxurious Range Rover ever.
Prices are to be confirmed but will be a minimum six figures. Some are speculating £140,000. The Range Rover LWB will be delivered from March 2014 but there’s a bit of a wait for the Autobiography Black: deliveries of that start in August 2014.
Land Rover has offered a long wheelbase Range Rover before – back in 1992, where it sold the classic Range Rover in this guise for two years. This, though, will be the first time a Range Rover LWB has been designed from the ground up and offered as a series alternative to the regular model.
The firm is targeting the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with even more focus with this new model. Land Rover admits the market has been “dominated by saloon cars up to this point” and the combination of Range Rover LWB and ultra-posh Autobiography Black trim is its latest step to change that.
The Autobiography Black has, incidentally, been created by the Engineered To Order division – which now counts Evo magazine founder Harry Metcalfe amongst its chiefs.
Given how complete these two new Range Rover variants are, hopes are thus high for the much-rumoured hot Range Rovers…