Land Rover have revealed the long wheelbase and Autobiography Black models of the Range Rover, showing their intent of making it the ultimate luxury SUV.
This isn’t the first time that a long wheelbase Range Rover has been produced, with the first one appearing between 1992 and 1994. The car comes with an extra 140mm of legroom for rear passengers – thanks to stretching the body shell in front of the rear wheels – as well as seats that can recline to 17 degrees (eight degrees more than standard).
The long wheelbase Range Rover will be available with either bench seats or individual Executive Class rear seats. Standard equipment will include a panoramic sunroof, ‘L’ badges on exterior accents, side door blinds, as well as Passenger Seat Away (it enables rear passengers to slide the front seat for more space).
As for the Autobiography Black model, it will come with different rear lights, a unique front grille design, and side vents with badging in black enamel and chrome. The car also comes with two new exclusive wheel designs – seven-spoke 21-inch and 22-inch wheels with a high-gloss polished finish.
The interior of the Autobiography Black, however, is what really separates it from a standard Range Rover. It comes with the Executive Class two-seat arrangement for rear passengers, but it also gets 10.2-inch screens fitted to the back of the front seats. The rear centre console also gets electronically deployable tables covered in black leather with integrated USB charging sockets and cup holders. There is also a chiller compartment, which can be used to store drinks glasses and bottles.
The Autobiography Black also gets a massage function and bolsters with 18-way seat adjustability for the driver and front passenger. Rear passengers also have seat memory and their own climate controls. Lumbar massage, powered reclining seats, a calf rest, and Solar Attenuation privacy glass are all made available for rear passengers.
Other features on the Autobiography Black include LED mood lighting, which allows occupants to choose between 10 colours. There are also some illuminated ‘Autobiography Black’ scripts on the tread plates, as well as a brushed stainless steel tailgate finisher for the loading bay.
The long wheelbase Range Rover will be available on Autobiography and Autobiography Black models, with a Hybrid version to be available later in 2014. It will have a public debut on 20th November at the LA Auto Show as well as on 21st November at Guangzhou.
Deliveries of the long wheelbase model will begin in March 2014, while the Autobiography Black will be available from August 2014.