wheel·base | \ ˈhwēl-ˌbās , ˈwēl- \

Definition of wheelbase 

: the distance between the front and rear axles of an automotive vehicle

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But the fourth-generation (ND) MX-5 is almost identically sized to its great great grandparent—about an inch shorter and two inches wider, although with almost two inches more wheelbase. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "All highs, no lows: The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata," 7 July 2018 The new Accord has a 2.16-inch longer wheelbase, but is 0.39 inch shorter overall than the previous generation. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "All-new Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Based on the same wheelbase and component set as the 7 Series executive saloon, the 640xi GT has NBA-caliber front legroom (41.4 inches) and a lofty 38.5 inches of head room in the rear, even with the sloping roofline and panoramic sunroof. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 BMW 640xi GT: A High-Riding, Roomy Sedan That’s Fun to Drive," 20 Apr. 2018 The new generation is 208.9 inches long (up from 208.3 inches), 75.8 inches high (including roof rails) and 79.9 inches wide, with a wheelbase of 121.1 inches, the same as the previous model. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 The new Accord has a 2.16-inch longer wheelbase, but is 0.39 inch shorter overall than the previous generation. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Honda Accord debuts for 2018 with its first-ever turbocharged engines," 15 June 2018 Happily, the competent handling wasn’t at the expense of a nice ride, thanks, in part, to the Enclave’s long, 121-inch wheelbase. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Redesigned after 10 years, new Buick Enclave is worth the wait," 28 June 2018 The Transit Connect's cargo van variant comes in two trims, the basic XL and the XLT, as well as an extended-wheelbase model that has additional space for cargo. Cameron Rogers, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Ready to roll: Edmunds picks best small cargo vans for businesses," 15 June 2018 The Silverado crew cab short box has 1.2 inches more total width, 1.5 inches more total height, 1.7 inches more total length and 3.9 inches more wheelbase. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Chevy Silverado crew cab short box to be bigger, lighter, cheaper," 29 June 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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