Chinese website Autohome uploads the first photos of the 2012 BMW 335Li. The 3 Series with a long wheelbase is available for the Chinese market and will go on sale this summer.

The first long wheelbase 3 Series for BMW will be unveiled in April and will go head-to-head with the Audi A4L. The longer sedan will provide additional space for Chinese customers looking for premium vehicles without breaking the bank.

An electric 3 Series Li Concept will also be introduced this year.

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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.

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