BMW 3-Series Li stretches into China

A long-wheelbase version of the BMW 3-Series developed exclusively for the Chinese market will make its debut at this month’s Beijing motor show.
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The BMW 3-Series Li was designed in Germany and will be built at the German brand's new Shenyang production plant in China.

The 3-Series Li (as per the 7-Series Li) is built on an extended 3-Series platform that is stretched by 11cm over the standard sedan. BMW says the result gives the 3-Series Li the best rear-seat comfort in its class, a big drawcard in the Chinese market.

BMW 3-Series Li customers have the choice of the 135kW/270Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder BMW 320Li, the 180kW/450Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder 328Li, and the range-topping 225kW/400Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder 335Li.

All employ BMW’s TwinPower twin-scroll turbocharger technology, keeping fuel consumption between 6.0-7.2 litres per 100km.

Joining the new BMW 3-Series Li in Beijing will be the new regular-wheelbase BMW 3-Series sedan and the full hybrid BMW ActiveHybrid 3.