It is a fact that majority of customers are now buying SUVs as an alternative to luxury saloons and Land Rover already knows that. Considering such customers alongside regular ones, Land Rover has unveiled the long wheelbase version of its luxury SUV, Range Rover. Several coach builders have been offering customized long-wheelbase versions of the Range Rover over the years, but this is the first time when a factory version of the same will be on offer. The car will debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show.
At the 2013 LA auto show, alongside the 2014 Range Rover L (long-wheelbase), Land Rover will also unveil the range-topping exclusive model – the Range Rover Autobiography Black edition.
“With the addition of the Range Rover long wheelbase to our portfolio of luxury SUVs, customers can now choose a vehicle that offers superior levels of interior space and comfort to compete in a market dominated by saloon cars up until this point.
“The Range Rover Autobiography Black is our most luxurious specification yet. It epitomises sophisticated design with immaculate attention to detail. The subtle, elegant and luxurious finishing touches combine with a first class experience for both driver and passengers to deliver new levels of exclusivity to our customers,” says Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover.
Talking about the two cars in detail now, we will start with the Range Rover L first. The new model has been stretched by approximately 8 inches, with majority of that extra length being allotted to rear end of the car – offering an extra 5.5 inch of legroom for the rear passenger. Seat options include standard bench seats or individual Executive Class rear seats which will be able to recline by an additional 17 degrees – 8 degrees more than the standard wheelbase version. To get even more legroom, Land Rover has added a feature called “passenger seat away” which slides the front seat forward at the press of a button. The long-wheelbase version will be offered on the mentioned models:
- Range Rover Vogue
- Range Rover Vogue SE
- Range Rover Autobiography
- Range Rover Autobiography Black
- Range Rover Hybrid (expected to arrive in 2014)
There will be another trim level sharing the center-stage at the LA auto show called the Range Rover Autobiography Black. This range-topping edition has been created specially by Jaguar Land Rover’s “Engineered To Order” (ETO) division and will be available on both standard wheelbase and long-wheelbase models. Highlight features of the Autobiography Black edition include unique seat cover designs, Executive Class seating package, extended center console with electrically powered folding tables finished with black leather and integrated USB charging sockets,a chiller compartment with space for glasses and bottles, lumbar massage on rear seats, LED mood lighting featuring a range of 10 colors, Black enamel and chrome accents on the exterior and much more.
“The Range Rover Autobiography Black is an opportunity to harness the strong emotional connection that Land Rover has with its customers the world over. This exclusive vehicle has been developed by the specialist Engineered to Order team to offer our customers an unrivalled and luxurious driving experience that provides a seamless integration between the needs of business and leisure,” says John Edwards, Managing Director, Individual Products Division.
The Autobiography Black edition of the Range Rover will be limited to around 100 units and is expected to cost more than $130,000.