First spy photos of the new 2012 BMW 3 Series Li, short for long-wheelbase just made an appearance on Germancarforum. Like the new 5 Series Sedan, the 2012 BMW 3 Series long wheelbase is being developed for the fast-growing Chinese market.
The F30 3 Series Li will compete with the segment leader, the Audi A4L. The longer sedan will provide additional space for Chinese customers looking for premium vehicles without breaking the bank.
According to the usual source, Scott27, the F30 3er Li will be manufactured in China and the extended platform will be the same one used for the upcoming BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.
Design wise,the F30 3 Series Sedan identifies itself as an evolution of the current E90 bodystyle with style cues from the F10 5 Series. BMW insiders describe the new F30 3 Series as a scaled down 5 Series, but with unique lines that will make it distinctive within the BMW family.
The interior design has been reworked as well. The standalone LCD screen seen first on the new 6 Series and now the F20 1er, made its way into premium midsize sedan. The dashboard, controls and gauges with Black Panel technology are derived from the more luxurious 5 Series Sedan and Gran Turismo.
The BMW 3er Li will debut at the Beijing Autoshow in April 2012 and will not be available in the United States or Europe.