First Official Photos Of The Long Wheelbase BMW 5-Series Li For China

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BMW has released official images of the new long-wheelbase 5-Series Li for the Chinese car market. The long 5 will debut later this month on the Shanghai Auto Show. The interior on the first photo belongs to the 5Li Luxury Line, which features Nappa leather, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, and two 10.25 inch screens for the rear-seat entertainment, which can be controlled with a touch-pad on the arm rest.

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The 5-Series L is manufactured in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. It will initially only sell in China, but BMW has plans for export to other countries in the future.

Wheelbase is extended with 13.3 centimeters, all the extra space goes to the passengers in the back. Size: 5087/1868/1500, and wheelbase is 3108.

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There will be three engines available: a 2.0 turbo with 224hp (525 Li), a 2.0 turbo with 252hp (530 Li), and a new 3.0 turbo six with 340hp (540 Li).

The long-wheelbase 5 competes with other locally made L cars including the Audi A6L, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class L, and the Volvo S90 L.

BMW went for a standard-design D-pillar instead of for a more special design like the E-Class L.

This is the 5-Series Li with a M Sports Kit. Yup, an M kit on a long-wheelbase car. Everything is possible in China. Mercedes does a similar thing with the long E. They have a base and a sports version, but at least they don’t call the latter an AMG.

The long-wheelbase BMW 5 will hit the Chinese car market in Q3. Price will range from about 450.000 to 750.000 yuan.

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