wheel·​base | \ ˈhwēl-ˌbās, ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelbase 

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

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And that’s because this big Mercedes-Benz is available in cargo, passenger, and cab chassis configurations in two wheelbases and a choice of single, super single, or dual rear wheels. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Is Pushing Commercial Utility Into the Future," 1 Dec. 2018 That's all in the length (187.4 inches/4,760mm, up 4.9 inches) and mostly in the wheelbase (113.1 inches/2,873mm, an increase of 3.8 inches), which in turn mostly benefits passengers sitting in the back. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volvo S60 is Swedish style at a surprisingly good price," 16 Oct. 2018 At only 19 feet long, the Interstate Nineteen sits on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 chassis and a 144-inch wheelbase. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 9 best camper vans of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Prices start at $6,400 (including installation) for a pop-top roof that works on 2014+ long wheelbase Transit Connect Passenger Wagon XL, XLT and Titanium models with standard roofs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable pop-top transforms your van into a camper for $7K," 5 Dec. 2018 Rivian’s electric pickup has a slightly longer wheelbase (135.8 inches) than the Ranger (127 inches) or the Tacoma (127.4 inches). Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 The Countryman is Mini’s biggest model: 169.8 inches long on a 105.1-inch wheelbase, sharing mechanical undies with corporate cousins BMW X1 and X2. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Mini Cooper Countryman PHEV: Worthwhile Drive, Worthless Battery," 18 Oct. 2018 The Transit offers something for everyone with three body lengths, two wheelbases, three roof heights, and three different engines. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 The 2019 model is 3.2 inches (81mm) longer and about 1.5 inches (37mm) wider, with about two-thirds of the extra length added to the wheelbase. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Party in the front, pain in the back: The BMW X4 reviewed," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wheelbase

1863, in the meaning defined above

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