The LWB Range Rover will allow Land Rover to compete with more luxurious brands
The new model will go on sale in March next year
It will make a double debut at the LA and Guanzhou motor shows
This is the first stretched Range Rover for 22 years
Land Rover has also revealed a new trim level, Autobiography Black
The new trim is the top specification offered
As such, it commands a price of some £140,000
There's an extra 140mm of rear legroom
Autobiography models have a bespoke grille
Optional twin rear seat arrangement allows for additional storage
The Range Rover Autobiography Black is available in long wheelbase only
The Autobiography Black has been designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Engineered To Order’ division
The company has also revealed a new Autobiography Black range-topping version of the Range Rover, which will be available in long-wheelbase form only.
This new 5.2m-long model will be the most expensive Range Rover yet sold, with an anticipated price of more than £140,000.
A hybrid version, due later next year, will have a price that could approach £150,000 in Autobiography Black form.
Land Rover says the LWB Range Rover has an extra 140mm of rear legroom, with the bodyshell being extended in front of the rear wheels. Subtle modifications to the styling — including stretching the rear door — have ensured that the extra length hasn’t resulted in odd proportions.
The rear seats of the LWB model can be specified as either a traditional bench or as individual ‘Executive Class’ rear seats. In either form, the seat backs can recline by up to 17deg, 8deg more than the seats in the standard Range Rover. ‘Passenger Seat Slide Away’ allows the rear passenger to electrically move the front seat forward, to further increase legroom.
The LWB Range Rover gets powered side door blinds and a panoramic roof as standard. An ‘L’ badge is mounted to the brightwork to the rear of the front arches. The stretched version will be available in Autobiography and Autobiography Black trim only.
The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models.
Billed as the first product of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engineered To Order division, it gets subtle tweaks to the grille, badging and trim and has the option of seven-spoke 21-inch and 22-inch wheels.
The big changes are inside, with plush materials, individual rear seats, an extended centre console and electrically deployed, leather-covered tray tables, which incorporate USB charging sockets and cupholders.
Rear passengers also get 10.2-inch TV screens mounted in the back of the front seats and access to a chiller compartment. The rear seats feature 18-way electric adjustment, a massage function and configurable LED mood lighting.
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