The 2020 BMW 3 Series LWB Came To Shanghai With Its Sights Set On the Audi A4 L and Mercedes C-Class L
The BMW 3 Series has a long-wheelbase variant, and it’s only available in the Chinese market. The newest version of the stretched 3 Series is on display at Auto Shanghai 2019,proving yet again that, at least in China, stretched sedans are the business. The 3 Series LWB shares most of its features with the standard 3er. The only benefit is that it’s longer, which, in turn, provides more interior space for its owners, particularly those who would want to stretch their legs in the back seats. The long-wheelbase 3 Series will go on sale in China by the middle of the year, where it will compete with similar stretched models like the Mercedes C-Class L, Audi A4 L, and Jaguar XEL. Production will take place in the country through BMW’s partnership with China’s Brilliance Auto Group.
BMW 5 Series Gets Extra Large For China
Launched for the 2017 model year, the latest-generation BMW 5 Series is already available globally in many versions, include the station wagon and the beefed-up Alpina. Come the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and the German brand introduced the long-wheelbase variant, a sedan specifically designed for the Chinese market.
To be built in China in a factory owned by the BMW Group and BMW Brilliance Automotive, the brand’s partner in the Asian country, the 5 Series LWB features a 133mm (5.2-inch) longer wheelbase that adds extra passenger room in the rear and gives the sedan a more business-oriented, stretched look.
Based on the recently unveiled 5 Series, the LWB version benefits from the same improvements as the standard model, starting with a reduced overall weight and optimized aerodynamics. The sedan is up to 130 kg (287 pounds) lighter, depending on trim and equipment. Styling is also identical to the regular-length 5 Series inside and out, but the LWB model gets a few extras inside the cabin.
On top of the extra legroom, passengers seated in the rear will enjoy a seating position that is even more comfortable as well as optimized soundproofing. There is also the option of comfort seats that are sculpted to feel more like individual seats. They also include electrically adjustable backrest tilt for the outer seats, specially designed head restraints and a center armrest with integral Touch Command unit. The removable tablet can be used for controlling a variety of functions, including the seat position and the infotainment system. Additionally, the position of the front passenger seat can be adjusted from the rear too. Don’t have enough room? Just push the button and squeeze the front passenger into the dashboard.
Finally, customers can opt for the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof with integral LED light graphic which, according to the automaker, is unique in this segment.
The 5 Series LWB will be offered in three different trims, standard, Luxury Line, and M Sport. The Luxury Line equipment variant standard out by means of a chrome strip that runs the entire width of the front bumper, while M Sport models can be easily recognized by their larger lower intake that is split into three sections.
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We don’t know if this came as a result of those leaked photos that surfaced a couple of days ago, but we’re certainly not complaining. The BMW M5 Concept will be making its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month, but BMW is pre-empting the car’s launch by releasing the first set of details of the new M5 Concept, together with a slew of photos and the official preview video.
Despite technically being labeled as a concept car, the 2012 M5 Concept is expected to become the precursor to the production version that will be introduced later in the year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW was kind enough to give us a pretty good idea of what to expect with the car’s exterior design language. It would’ve been more awesome if they shared the interior of the car as well as the official performance specs, but then again, what kind of suspense will be left if they tossed all their eggs in the same basket?
At the very least, we’ll have something to look forward to from BMW when the Shanghai Motor Show arrives.
UPDATE 04/12/2011: BMW has unveiled a new video of the M5 Concept that shows one of the six lucky fans selected to see the BMW Concept M5 at the BMW M headquarter discussing the vehicle. The lucky winners also got a chance to take a look in the BMW M garage, together with BMW M president, Dr. Kay Segler.
Details on the BMW M5 Concept after the jump.
China is a very important market among automakers, so you’re going to have to excuse them if they get vehicles built exclusively for their country. Other nations can’t claim to have that importance, but they probably would get it if they were home to arguably the biggest market in the world.
One automaker jumping into the China bandwagon is BMW, which presented plans for a China-only New Energy Vehicle at the company’s annual press conference last week.
Details on the car are still limited, although from what we took during the press conference, the car is expected to be the 2011 BMW 5-Series New Energy Vehicle. Based on the long-wheelbase version of the 5er, the BMW 5-Series NEV is being rumored to carry the company’s new ActiveHybrid 5 technology, which if true, would fit in nicely with China’s policy of having more fuel-efficient cars on the road.
For now, there are no plans of the car being sold in any other country except China so if you were angling to get a piece of this car when it hits production, you’re going to have a tough time scooping one up unless you live there.
What you can do, though, is head over to the Shanghai Motor Show, the place where BMW will be officially introducing the car to the Chinese market.
*Photo is of the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid
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