wheel·​base | \ˈhwēl-ˌbās, ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelbase 

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

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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 The new wheelbase of 105.7 inches is 1.3 inches longer, which no doubt contributes to a more settled highway ride. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The 1500 actually grew for 2019, with the wheelbase extending 4 inches, all in the rear of the crew cab. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 Ground clearance remains a healthy 8.7 inches—more than that of many bigger SUVs—while the wheelbase stretches 1.2 inches. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Subaru Forester: Playing to Its Base," 29 Mar. 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 Rafał Budweil is a pilot who came up with the idea of building Triggo – with a retractable wheelbase and drive-by-wire steering, like a plane. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "BP invests in fast-charging electric vehicle technology," 23 May 2018 Available in two wheelbases for five or seven passengers, the Transit Connect comes with either a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine or a standard 2.0-liter gas engine. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Ford redesigns the Transit Connect cargo minivan for Baby Boomers," 8 Feb. 2018 The crew cab model grew four inches longer, with a 4.0-inch increase in wheelbase and 0.5-inch increase in width. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Ram 1500 adds features, loses weight, links Hemi V8 to mild-hybrid system," 15 Jan. 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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