Land Rover adds long-wheelbase versions and a new range-topping Autobiography Black trim level to the Range Rover lineup
27 October 2013

Land Rover has unveiled the first stretched-wheelbase Range Rover for 22 years.

Due to go on sale in March next year, the new model will make a simultaneous debut at the Los Angeles and Guanzhou motor shows next month.

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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28 October 2013

Prices entering the stratosphere.

TBC

28 October 2013

the J LR model plan, this is where the RR now belongs; how long before this layout becomes the standard?

28 October 2013

"The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models"

REALLY, I cannot digest it, that is so bias.....Sat in a Range yesterday, I am sorry but Bentley and the new MB S Class are streets ahead of this. I know some brit will argue, we all are entitled to our sane opinion BUT clearly comparing this to Bentley or S Class is insane.

28 October 2013
Aigan Williams wrote:

"The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models"

REALLY, I cannot digest it, that is so bias.....Sat in a Range yesterday, I am sorry but Bentley and the new MB S Class are streets ahead of this. I know some brit will argue, we all are entitled to our sane opinion BUT clearly comparing this to Bentley or S Class is insane.

Couldn't agree more.

28 October 2013
Ray60 wrote:
Aigan Williams wrote:

"The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models"

REALLY, I cannot digest it, that is so bias.....Sat in a Range yesterday, I am sorry but Bentley and the new MB S Class are streets ahead of this. I know some brit will argue, we all are entitled to our sane opinion BUT clearly comparing this to Bentley or S Class is insane.

Couldn't agree more.

Oh really. Do tell us all of your experience of Bentley, would you? Oh, none you say?

Dickhead armchair critic with a hate campaign against anything that isn't a Mercedes.

28 October 2013
Ray6O wrote:
Ray60 wrote:
Aigan Williams wrote:

"The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models"

REALLY, I cannot digest it, that is so bias.....Sat in a Range yesterday, I am sorry but Bentley and the new MB S Class are streets ahead of this. I know some brit will argue, we all are entitled to our sane opinion BUT clearly comparing this to Bentley or S Class is insane.

Couldn't agree more.

Oh really. Do tell us all of your experience of Bentley, would you? Oh, none you say?

Dickhead armchair critic with a hate campaign against anything that isn't a Mercedes.

Couldn't agree more

29 October 2013
Ray6O wrote:
Ray60 wrote:
Aigan Williams wrote:

"The new Autobiography Black trim level should propel Range Rover into contention with Bentley and the expected range-topping Mercedes-Benz S-class models"

REALLY, I cannot digest it, that is so bias.....Sat in a Range yesterday, I am sorry but Bentley and the new MB S Class are streets ahead of this. I know some brit will argue, we all are entitled to our sane opinion BUT clearly comparing this to Bentley or S Class is insane.

Couldn't agree more.

Oh really. Do tell us all of your experience of Bentley, would you? Oh, none you say?

Dickhead armchair critic with a hate campaign against anything that isn't a Mercedes.

Successful business man here, not a typical Millwall c$nt pimple face teen like you, t@ss€r.
BTW I do not have time for illogical arguments, let’s not blur the lines. Own a 2013 Continental GT V8 then you welcome to engage me. BUT again, listening (reading in this case) is a requisite skill for anyone on this site, please acquire some imbecile, you can only present a logical argument when you have facts CLEARLY you have none. Stop dreaming of owning a Rangey when barely can afford a KIA.

jer

28 October 2013

This is why they want the long wheel base to compete with the limos. Of course the regular RR is not a typical limo but an alternative. I can see why some rich folk might prefer the higher seating. Actually my CEO's chauffeur wheels have just changed from a 7 series to the new RR.

28 October 2013

To me the LWB looks more elegant than SWB. I can see why people will prefer it. The rear seat space looks more acceptable now too. Overall, if you can afford it then it seems to make sense. And perhaps it also further differentiates the RR Sport.

28 October 2013

This is where the range-topping RR should be, not the nonsense RS thing.


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