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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Its wheelbase is more than three inches shorter than the Kona. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 The wider front and rear track and longer wheelbase made the chassis engineers’ job that much easier, improving the platform’s roll resistance and drivability without compromising the ES’s ride quality, which is super-bueno deluxe. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 The seventh-generation ES—based on the Toyota Avalon box of parts—is longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model, over a wheelbase 2 inches longer. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Lexus ES 300h: Spend on the Luxury, Save on Gas Money," 24 Jan. 2019 It is built on the new GA-L (long) platform (also used for the LC 500 coupe) and is now offered only as a long-wheelbase body, which adds back-seat legroom. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Lexus LS 500h: From flagship to starship," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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