BMW will premiere the long-wheelbase 3-Series sedan at the Auto China Show 2012 in Beijing this month.
Tailored exclusively for the Chinese market, who seem to have a love-affair with long-wheelbased passenger cars, the 3-Series Li sits on a 2,920mm wheelbase – some 110mm longer than the regular 3-Series – pushing the car’s overall length to 4,734mm.
The newcomer has longer rear doors and altered chrome window accent that extends to the C-pillar.
Power for the extended Bavarian sedan will come from three petrol engines, the 320Li powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre producing 181bhp (184PS), the 328Li with 242bhp (245PS) from the same engine as the 320Li, and the range-topping 335Li boasting a 3.0 litre turbocharged-six with 303bhp (306PS), that drive the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic.
Also presented at Auto China will be the new 3-Series sedan and the full hybrid model, called ActiveHybrid 3. The 3-Series Li model will be built at BMW’s new Shenyang production plant alongside the 5-Series LWB.