2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Version Adds Lots of Legroom

In advance of its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Land Rover has announced upgrades to its lineup of 2014 Range Rover models.

For the first time, the Range Rover will be offered as a long-wheelbase variant equipped with 8 additional inches of wheelbase and 5.5 inches of extra rear-seat legroom. For now, the stretched Range Rover is designed to hold no more than 5 people, with the option of installing individual reclining rear seats separated by a center console as part of an Executive Seating package. A panoramic sunroof and power rear door window blinds are standard for the new Range Rover long-wheelbase model.

The 2014 Range Rover L will be offered only in Supercharged and Autobiography trim levels, the most expensive and powerful versions available, when it goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014. The company has not officially announced whether the long-wheelbase version will be sold with the Range Rover's standard 6-cylinder engine or whether it will be available with a third-row seat.

In other news, Land Rover seeks to satisfy Range Rover buyers looking for the ultimate in exclusivity. For 2014, the Range Rover Autobiography Black will serve as the flagship model of the series, offered only as a long-wheelbase model, and limited to a production run of 100 vehicles. Ironically, the first 25 units of the Range Rover Autobiography Black will be painted Valloire White.

Highlights of the new Range Rover Autobiography Black model include bespoke materials and tailoring, subtle yet distinctive exterior detailing, and exclusive 21-inch high-gloss polished aluminum wheels. Land Rover says it finishes the Autobiography Black model's interior with the finest leather and materials, and this model features massaging rear seats separated by a center console with a beverage chiller and leather-wrapped, power-deploying tables equipped with USB charging ports and cupholders. Dual 10.2-inch entertainment screens further contribute to the sensation of first-class travel.

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