BMW is set to debut a new stretched wheelbase version of its 5-Series sedan at the Chinese Auto Show next month. The Peking show will see the introduction of 530Li, 525Li and 523Li versions of the midsize Bimmer. Developed specifically for the Chinese businessman, it should combine traditional BMW driving dynamics with a larger, more comfortable interior.
With an extra 140mm (5.5") between the wheels (with all of the added interior space behind the front seats), the additional length actually makes it an inch longer than the 7 Series sedan. Corinthian leather is nowhere to be found, but the standard "sumptuous Dakota leather" gives the larger interior a more luxurious ambience. Standard rear-seat entertainment systems on the 525Li and 535Li models will feature a DVD player and 8-inch monitor mounted to the front center console. The monitor is capable flipping down out of the way when not being used. A refrigerated storage box is also included in the rear of these models.