At the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, BMW introduced the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Long Wheelbase. Geared towards the fast-growing Chinese market, the 3 Series Li will be available by the end of this year and will compete with similar offerings from the Audi.

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.

Chinese customers can choose from the BMW 335Li, the BMW 328Li, or the BMW 320Li, each fitted with a powerful and efficient engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology.

Here is the official introduction by BMW Board member, Ian Robertson:

Dr. Ian Robertson

Ni men hao ladies and gentlemen! I’m so happy to be back in Beijing. And I’m thrilled to present to you, for its world premiere, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan in the long wheelbase version!

At the BMW Group, we are driven to delight all of our customers. And, of course, we do this by understanding their needs and desires in every market we serve. The BMW 3 Series long wheelbase is a perfect example. It shows our focus on the Chinese customer, as well as our commitment to the Chinese market.

The 3 Series Li offers the perfect marriage of:

  • sporty performance,
  • elegant design, and
  • cutting-edge technology.

Customers here in China can choose from one of three available models, the:

  • BMW 320Li,
  • BMW 328Li, and the
  • BMW 335Li.

All three of these cars come with our latest TwinPower Turbo Technology, ensuring maximum power. And when it comes to sporty performance, the six-cylinder 335Li is ready to run with over 300 horsepower.

Tailored to the wishes of our customers, this car’s performance has been expertly balanced with its elegant design. The luxurious interior makes use of high quality materials put together with precision craftsmanship.

And with an extra 11 centimetres added to its wheelbase, the BMW 3 Series Li offers the most comfortable rear seats in its segment. Its focus on aesthetics continues beyond the interior.

The exterior design language is striking: sporty and self-confident with a real presence. For those customers who desire an extra touch of individualization, this car will also be offered in the Sport, Luxury, and Modern Lines.

Both the BMW 3 Series Sedan in the long wheelbase version and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan will be available in China before the end of the year.