The current Land Rover Range Rover is equally capable of going up mountains, going down Munich's Maximilienstrasse and going across Kenya's Masaai Mara. The next Range Rover, which we've seen plenty of spy shots of, appears set to wade into territory completely new to it: a long-wheelbase version. A set of extra-lengthy rear doors have been spotted on one of the camouflaged prototypes navigating the English midlands, the expectation being that a longer Range Rover is being developed for markets like China that crave stretched models with ample leg room in the back seats.
The bigger back end will negate some of that 600-to-800-pound weight loss we've been hearing about for the next big Land Rover, but most Chinese and Middle Eastern buyers won't care. It isn't known if the extended version will come to the States, but a recent report in Automotive News suggests that if it did come, it could fit a third row of seats and become a challenger to the Mercedes GL, which is currently the best-sellling full-sized luxury utility here. And for those who'd like even more gumption than the current Range has, an article in Car says a higher-capacity V8 is being looked at "for power-crazed countries where fuel prices matter less."


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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      The definitely need this, in fact they need a 3 row Range Rover to compete with the GL and the Escalade and QX.
      Bustago
      • 2 Years Ago
      'appears set to wade into territory completely new to it: a long-wheelbase version' There was a LWB version of the original Range Rover.
      Screaminlimey
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time our full size 2006 has no frikken legroom i have the same issue with my 2001 P38 and 87 RR Classic i cannot believe that my 1995 LSE county has more room in the back than my 2006 i complained to LR about it so looks like they listened but it still needs to be a foot wider they are not as big as you think compared to a Yukon and keeping it clean is a major pain in the ass - the trim is so easily marked the last time i took one of these off roading it took six car washes to remove the mud granted it was a 2 mile trail through a swap but the dealer looked at us as if we fell off the mothership - thats what its built for lol , so how about the DIESEL that everyone else in europe gets but not Canada I wouldnt offroad it again anyway the plastic bumpers are weak compared to my other rovers i was seriously considering stretching ours in our garage as we do that for other models - doing a Defender 180 inch 20 inches between doors and 3rd axle with extended rear body.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm kind of shocked they have the the Disco/LR4 do all the third row duties until now. I would have thought the LWB version would have been on the road 10 years ago.
      markscomments
      • 2 Years Ago
      The full size Range Rover does not compete with the Escalade and the Mercedes GL it is positioned above both of those - completely different class and really does not have any competition. Rumors from all around the web suggest the new model will move further upmarket and that the new standard wheelbase full-size Range Rover's exterior will hardly grow much in size but should have a longer wheelbase (more legroom) and much better interior packaging. And other rumors have also suggested THIS even longer wheelbase model (the one this Autoblog article is about) might be released a year later and offer unique sheet metal and compete head on with upcoming ultra-luxury SUVs from Bentley and Lamborghini - $150K - $300K (not that the current model isn't ultra-premium/luxurious already and the Range Rover is certainly a much more authentic luxury 4x4 brand than both of those). I wonder if there will be three rows of seating in this new LWB model. Not sure if a family hauler is what this class of vehicle is going for but if they do offer three rows hopefully it will be optional as I could care less about a third row. I think Land Rover might be going for rear chauffeur driven type buyers with this longer wheelbase model and similar to the original Range Rover LWB (LSE in the UK) from the early nineties and the Range Rover Mayfair from this generation just as David suggests. All speculation at this point I guess. I remember sitting in the rear of a new 1993 Range Rover County LWB, when brand new at the dealer then, and the rear seat legroom was phenomenal. It seemed like you had more than a foot of space between the front of your knee and the back of the rear seat. It was ultra-luxurious (for the time) with lots of wood and Connolly leather throughout - and with the height adjustable air-suspension it was phenomenal off-road! I can't believe it has been 20 years since then. Land Rover was WAY ahead of their time and there was NOTHING even remotely close to it back then as well as the LR Discovery, which was essentially a SWB Range Rover Classic with a unique body style - kinda between the boxy Defender and the Range Rover Classic - although with a character and look all its own. But again, regarding this new even longer wheelbase Range Rover, I guess we will just have to wait and see. Hopefully Land Rover will release official photos of the new Range Rover soon.
      DAVID
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having seen the car in person against a current model - they have been testing in Dubai over past few months I can confirm it is indeed a longer vehicle but with the new sleek front end it balances quite nice even with the dazzle camo you can work out the form I should point out there was a bespoke model called Mayfair which had a 300mm stretch added to the current model
      PeterK
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's Maximilianstrasse not Maximilienstrasse. Even better would be Maximilianstra├če ; )
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey nice spyshots ! These are the greatest nonexistent pictures ever . Did autoblog forget to post the pictures ?
      Luke Lau
      • 2 Years Ago
      We're desperate T-T (USA) It's ok if it's a Range Rover Wagon :O Like a Ford Freestyle I guess. We'll embrace it's awkwardness and you'll probably have a special niche until the other European brands get the idea that we want wagons T-T Bonus points if it's a diesel. :D
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