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Range Rover long-wheelbase (2013) first official pictures

Published: 28 October 2013 Updated: 26 January 2015

A limousine off-roader that’s not a tarted-up stretch Hummer? Meet the new Range Rover long-wheelbase, which Land Rover is aiming squarely at the elongated versions of its luxury saloon rivals, like the Mercedes S-class, Audi A8, and Jaguar XJ.

On sale in the UK in March 2014, the Range Rover long-wheelbase is expected to cost around £140,000 – twice the price of an entry-level Rangie, and £40k more than its short wheelbase specification equivalent, the top-spec Autobiography.

How much bigger is the 2013 Range Rover long-wheelbase?

Rear seat passengers get an extra 140mm of rear legroom in the LWB Range Rover – on top of the 120mm improvement the new aluminium-bodied Rangie offers versus the previous generation.
Customers can choose either a three-seater rear bench seat, or individual reclining chairs separated by a sideboard worthy of a stately home. The seats can be reclined by up to 17 degrees: eight degrees further than the standard-wheelbase Range Rover allows. Powered sun blinds and a panoramic glass roof are equipped as standard.

Plus, your extra outlay buys exclusive, high-end materials not found in regular Range Rovers, including luxury grade leather upholstery and trim pieces. The only other change is a subtle ‘L’ badge denoting the long-wheelbase variant, found below the fake side vent design on the front doors.

What’s this other new Range Rover?

Sitting pretty at the head of the regular-wheelbase Range Rover family is the new Autobiography Black edition. Yes, as you can see in our gallery, it is available in colours other than black – eat your heart out, Henry Ford.

Improvements include: clear rear light clusters, new finishes for the front grille, plus the option of polished 22in alloy wheels – only one inch smaller than the wheels worn by the Jaguar C-X17 SUV concept. Tellingly, the standard-wheelbase Autobiography Black will make its in-the-metal debut at the Dubai motor show in November 2013, and isn’t being offered for sale in the UK.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish