After the launch of the new G30 BMW 5 Series sedan late last year, BMW’s attention now focuses on the Chinese market. Just like the last generation 5 Series, the new business sedan will get a model tailored to Chinese customers. The BMW 5 Series long wheelbase was spotted in China this week, ahead of its world debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

The extended wheelbase 5 Series is manufactured in China by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. It is scheduled to only be sold in China, with no other plans for worldwide markets.

Compared to the standard 5 Series Sedan, the wheelbase is extended by 13.3 centimeters, all the extra space goes to the passengers in the back. The dimensions are 5,087cm/1868cm/1500cm.

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.

Price will range from around 450.000 to 750.000 yuan.

[Source: CarNewsChina]