Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 3 Series Li (Long Wheelbase)

Spy Photos | July 25th, 2011 by 10
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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 …

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.

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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.

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The BMW 3er Li will debut at the Beijing Autoshow in April 2012 and will not be available in the United States or Europe.

10 responses to “Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 3 Series Li (Long Wheelbase)”

  1. M3power says:

    Why get a long-wheel base 3 series? I can understand a long wheel base 7 or 5 series, but a 3 series? Chinese car buyers have strange taste…

    • Anonymous says:

      Taxes & customs on imported vehicles are HUGE in China. Therefore 7er is way too expensive even for the wealthy Chinese people. Therefore German manufacturers (Audi was first) started to produce executive sedans there (A6, 5er) as a cheaper alternative to larger imported luxury sedans. The wealthy Chinese then spend extra money for a driver rather to buy a more expensive car – all to enhance the wealthy image.

      And then the customers expressed need for more rear room – therefore the Germans offered a market-specific locally produced EWB version of executive sedans (A6, 5er, E-class etc) as a full alternative to imported luxury sedans (A8, 7er, S-class).

      Therefore the locally produced EWB versions are EXTREMELY popular there.

      And now Germans are expending down market – for the a bit less wealthy people (or as a second chauffeur driven car): offering luxury family sedans in EWB editions. Audi was again the first one – and as an aftermath of that A4L is the best selling luxury sedan in China. BMW & MB are to follow that strategy.

      Don’t be surprised to see EWB versions of locally produced compact SUVs in the future (eg. Q5L or X1 Li)!

      So, the fact the cars are chauffeur driven (and not driven by the owner itself like it’s a custom in Europe or USA) makes the EWB versions of luxury vehicles so popular – especially the locally produced ones which are duty free, and so the cash can be spend on a hired driver.

  2. Rolf says:

    what the…

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