With Black edition, Range Rover goes long on luxury

The Land Rover Range Rover is not exactly revered for its modesty. It is, and has been since its debut in 1970, a leather-lined haven for the Barbour-coat set. But as Rolls-Royce and Bentley have known for years, enough is rarely enough.

As such, at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 20 November, Land Rover unveiled the pinnacle of the Range Rover range, the Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black. With a stupendous array of creature comforts, the latest specification sits not merely above the very fine standard Range Rover, but the luxury-laden Autobiography edition as well. The new top model will be available globally when it goes on sale next March, but Land Rover expects the Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black to play especially well in markets – China, for instance – where affluent buyers prefer to be driven rather than drive themselves.

Within the commodious passenger compartment, which has been stretched to yield an additional 7.3in of rear-seat leg room, the Black, to quote its maker, “delivers higher levels of luxury with unique design finishes, precision leather detailing and new features to give this vehicle specification a distinctive and subtly different character both inside and out.” The Executive Class package adds a pair of private-jet-style reclining seats and a broad centre console with electrically deployable, leather-topped tables.

Rest assured, such vehicular hedonism will not come cheap. A standard long-wheelbase Range Rover will command $106,000 in the US; with the Autobiography package, that sum expands to $142,000; and with Black treatment, like the comprehensively equipped Valliore white example pictured here, the bottom line will reach $199,500.

Savour a 360-degree panorama view from the plush rear seats of the long-wheelbase Autobiography Black here.