• Apr 5th 2010 at 5:33PM
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The Chinese market has always had a penchant for stretched-wheelbase versions of luxury sedans, adding a bit of wheelbase to everything from Buicks and Volvos to BMWs and Audis. The most recent vehicle to go on the rack is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Apparently the Benz is lagging a bit in the sales department, trailing even Audi, a company it usually bests handily.
For that reason, China Car Times is reporting that Mercedes is planning on giving the E-Class some "Chinese characteristics." Beijing-Benz is said to be readying a Chinese-built E300L, pictured here. Audi has had a lot of success in China with its recently introduced A4L and A6L, while BMW has already released a lengthened 5 Series and is said to be planning a similarly elongated 3 in the near future. Being chauffeur driven is a sign of wealth in China, so having a mini limo shows status, hence the longer-wheelbase versions of luxury sedans being so popular. But just like the A4L and stretched 5er, there's no chance that the E-Class L will make it to the States.

[Source: China Car Times]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was under the impression that Americans were bigger made than Chinese and as such a LWB vehicle would be more appropriate for the North American market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mercedes needs to actually lengthen their standard base cars. They have really really poor rear leg room.

        The W126 SEL. had the best leg room. Its been downhill since.

        Hey Mercedes, I'll buy a LWB E550.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, 2 many fat man here!
      • 5 Years Ago

      I would totally dig a stretched 328i or 335i.
      I would sooo want one. If my my 325i had another 4 inches of leg room it would be fantastic.

      (I checked, the 3 series is 14cm longer or 5.5in than regular 3 series)
      The proportions are still intact and it doesn't look funny.

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