wheel·​base | \ ˈhwēl-ˌbās How to pronounce wheelbase (audio) , ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelbase

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

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The roof is four tenths of an inch lower, the wheelbase is a half inch longer. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Chevy breaks the mold with faster, more sophisticated 2020 Corvette Stingray," 18 July 2019 The new platform that underpins the 2020 Evoque stretches the wheelbase a smidge, paying off with 0.8 inches more rear knee room for any back-seaters. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 The low-slung G70 is built with the same basic set of parts as the Kia Stinger, but the wheelbase of the Genesis is 2.8 inches shorter than the Kia's, which gives the G70 tight, classic proportions. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Solid rubber 36-by-2-inch tires supported the 1,500-pound right-hand-drive vehicle on a 100-inch wheelbase. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1911 Chase a symbol of family history," 16 Aug. 2019 Called the Christopher, this 2018 four-wheel-drive Mercedes Sprinter van showcases the gorgeous design typical of Yama Nomad in a 170-inch wheelbase. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cool camper van is like a hip apartment on wheels," 18 June 2019 Compared to the current Flying Spur, the new generation looks longer both in length and in wheelbase. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "2020 Bentley Flying Spur Teased Again with New 3D Quilted Leather Technique," 16 May 2019 Build-wise, the UX is a thimble-full of Lexus brand quintessence, with deep cabin-noise isolation, well damped ride quality (considering the eentsy wheelbase), and competent, confidence-inspiring control of body motions. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Lexus UX 250h: Perfect If You Have No Kids and Extra Cash," 20 June 2019 The problem was that my particular Jeep—long wheelbase, two doors—was made for only three years. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How I Learned To Build With Metal," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of wheelbase

1863, in the meaning defined above

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