We do not think the new Land Rover Range Rover lacks any rear legroom but apparently Land Rover think so and there is demand for these in China and other markets where customers of these cars prefer to be driven. This is the first Range Rover long wheelbase in 20 years and will make its debut at the LA and Guangzhou motor shows. Getting straight to the point the new Range Rover LWB gets more rear legroom by 140mm for rear seat passengers and boosted recline to 17 degrees with the executive seating package.
Available with 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. Passenger Seat Away slides the front seat forward to provide more space and comfort.
For added convenience, the long wheelbase is equipped with powered side door blinds and a panoramic sunroof as standard, as well as increased stowage. Range Rover long wheelbase models will have a 'L' badge in the exterior behind each of the front wheel arch.
The long wheelbase will be available on Range Rover Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography and Autobiography Black models. A Range Rover Hybrid variant will also be available later in 2014. Land Rover says the key markets for this model will be China and USA though in India we can see this being popular as the new Range Rover competes with luxury cars like the Mercedes S-Class and even the Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls Royce Ghost.
The other bit of news is the new Range Rover Autobiography Black which makes its debut at the Dubai motor show in early November. Designed by Jaguar Land Rover's 'Engineered To Order' (ETO) division, it has got two new 7-spoke 21" and a 22" wheels which are Autobiography Black wheel designs, re-designed rear centre console, three exclusive colour combinations and an unique seat cover design.
It is clear that with these two new derivatives of the Range Rover, Land Rover is aiming to compete with the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce.