Why the New 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB Matters:
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase (LWB) was launched at the LA Auto Show this year as the crowning jewel of the Range Rover line-up. The Range Rover was showered with praise for its redesign back in 2013 for being lighter, more fuel efficient and updated, just after Land Rover was bought by Indian carmaker, Tata. Since then, sales of the SUV are up by 39% this year and Land Rover has since added a V-6 option, a popular Sport version and recently announced the inclusion of a hybrid in its near future.
Now, both the long wheelbase and its uber-luxurious Autobiography version arrive on the scene to accommodate the luxury buyer who can afford to sit comfortably in the back seat with outstretched legs while someone else drives them to the office or country club. To get a better idea of what kind of money we're talking about, the regular Range Rover LWB starts at $106,000 and the super-lux Autobiography Black is a whopping $185,000.
The Long Wheelbase models will compete with other recently-announced luxury suvs coming from Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati and only 100 Autobiography Black units will be sold in the USA.
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What’s New for the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB:
- An additional 7.3 inches of rear legroom
- An extra eight degrees of incline on optional rear seats - 17 degrees total
- Power sunshades
- Panoramic roof
- New grille and wheels with "L" identifying badges on the Autobiography Black
- Choice of stylish Valloire White paint (for an additional $14,500) on the Autobiography Black version
- Autobiography Black amenities include reclining, extending and massage-equipped seats.
New 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB: Styling and Design
Is it a stretched Range Rover? Yes, but Land Rover did an excellent job of keeping the proportions of the front and back doors even to give the longer SUV a balance overall. The back does drops quickly, just as in the regular wheelbase model, which may accentuate the longer mid-body, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The 7-spoke 21-inch wheels are substantial enough to hold up the massive body along with a high-gloss shine.
The main benefit of the Range Rover LWB is the added space and amenities inside the car, which is bedecked with better looking materials than most people have in their homes. High quality leather and wood complement other high-end materials from floor to ceiling. Interior color choices are offered in Ebony/Lunar, Expresso/Tan and Dark Cherry/Ivory.
New 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB: What’s Under the Hood
If this beautiful auto show model were to open the hood on this 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB, you'd find the only available engine is the 5.0-liter V-8 Supercharged version, which accelerates this grand coach from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
New 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB: Features and Technology
The truly impressive features are found on the high-end Autobiography Black variant. Sure, many luxury brands offer massage seating, but do they spend extra time on your lower back with lumbar massaging and reclining seats? All this while enjoying the 10.2-inch rear seat entertainment screens which feature navigation journey displays in case you wonder where in the world you've traveled.
The optional back seat console holds electrically deployable tables for your snack or laptop and even the tray itself is leather-wrapped. And since you're not driving, a chiller compartment holds glasses and bottles and the entire rear cabin can be lighted for mood with 10 different colors and intensities via controls on the door. Rich people can be very moody, you know.
New 2014 Land Rover Range Rover LWB: What Autobytel Thinks
The resurgence of long wheelbase vehicles has a lot to do globally with emerging economies like China, where there is a growing penchant for back seat executive transportation, but this car also says a lot about the success of the Land Rover brand under the ownership of Tata Motors of India since 2008. Between Land Rover and Jaguar, the Land Rover brand shines as the dominant leader and this Range Rover - especially the Autobiography Black - is the paragon of success for both the carmaker and its wealthy customers.
All photos courtesy of Land Rover unless otherwise noted.