It was going to take some doing, but it looks like the superb New Range Rover L405 has been outdone by Land Rover as an even more luxurious, long wheelbase, version has been revealed and it has its sights set firmly at the Chinese, chauffeur driven, market.
Prices are expected to start at around £140,000 for the first LWB Range Rover in over 20 years. And it’s come about due to the demand for increased comfort and luxury for passengers in the back.
Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “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.”
Coming in at just under eight inches longer (198mm) than the original, if you’ve got a very heavy wallet you can choose from either ‘bench’ or individual ‘Executive Class’ rear seats. The second row executive style seats can recline to 17 degrees, a full eight degrees more than the nine degrees on the standard wheelbase. And there’s plenty of other gadgets and gizmos available as you would expect.
Panoramic sunroof, powered door blinds, a redesigned centre console, with electronically deployable tables and a chiller compartment as well as 10.2 inch screens in the rear of the front seat headrests to name just a few, depending on seat choice.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said, “The Range Rover Autobiography Black is the latest step in our transformational journey that moves luxury to another level. This vehicle is an intensely design focused response to our customers’ desire for more choice and exclusivity.”
The new flagship vehicle is being announced at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles motor shows but it will be trumped at the Dubai motor show on November 5th when the LWB Range Rover Autobiography Black is announced. It is believed that the “standard” LWB version will go on sale before the top-end ‘Black’ around March time 2014 with the biggest, boldest and priciest Range Rover ever looking likely for an August 2014 release date.