The Chinese like long-wheelbase versions of sedans, because execs like to be able to stretch out while the drivers ferry them about – and the country, if you didn't know, has a whole lot of executives. Audi sells a stretched A4 there, and BMW evidently feels the market looks robust enough for a long-wheelbase 3 Series Li. Why not just get a 5 Series, you ask? Because the man says he wants a longer 3 Series, and he's got cash...

Reports indicate this is a China-only model that will bow at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. Its platform, though, is also expected to underpin the 3 Series GT. That car might come to America, and if so it will offer some extra rear legroom for us and certainly be just as interesting to look at as this long-wheelbase model.

Click on the links below to get more looks at the extended 3, which offers clues to the front of the next-generation car.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind seeing something like this be the true TownCar replacement in the US.
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      i bet the stretched 3 has more rear legroom than a regular 5. so, you cannot compare the two
      X
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont get why China. The Chinese on average are much shorter than American. A long wheelbase 3-Series should do well here in the states.
        black republican
        • 3 Years Ago
        @X
        The average Chinese person is shorter than the average American for 2 main reasons. #1 malnutrition - which can also be seen in NK #2 A very homogenous population with very little exogamy among the Han Chinese. As for "why a stretched 3 series" all I can say is, "cocaine is a helluva drug".
        • 3 Years Ago
        @X
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        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        And this gets +3? Odd for autoblog. Everyone is so F-ing PC around here.
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...otherwise known as a 5 Series? What is it with BMW/Audi trying to out-niche each other?
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        The amazing part is they find profit in each niche. GM claims they can't make money at such small volumes. Of course they also needed a bailout. BMW only took a secret temporary loan. So someone knows what they are doing.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Couldn't agree with you more. WTF are they doing? this will further depress the sale of 5 series BMWs. BMW is under serious attack from Audi, and Cadillac, now they've come under attack from themselves? Crazy.
          gtvr6
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          I thought they had a long wheel base version of the 5 Series as well - they did of the last version. I don't think this will not be sold in America - its probably only for the Chinese market.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course they have a lot of executives! We exported all our jobs so Americans could buy $12 jeans at Walmart. Bring it home to the USA!!! Way to go people. Enjoy working at Subway. Sam is rolling over in his grave like a hotdog at 7-11.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      those are some ugly proportions. the 5 series lwb didn't look bad. but this is just porky. greenhouse looks too tall.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        RGT881
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is being done purely because of extremely high taxes on true luxury cars costing over $70,000. Chinese demand cheaper and stretched Audi A6, Caddy STS, MB E-Class, and so on. It helps them to enjoy benefits of being driven around and avoid the obnoxiously high tax. Got to know the Chinese market.
        Ralph Williams
        • 3 Years Ago
        But maybe you should learn proper grammar. So people understand you because the 3 series is becoming the 5 series. And 1 series. Commenter will suffer reading and commenter will be disappoint.
      ElvisOnVelvet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me? The 3 series seems to less interesting with every generation (exception M3 coupe) Sure if there is a market build it and let them buy it model bloat is the norm. sigh
      razrrick13
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Germans are making WAY to many classes/niches and the stupid thing is some people will just buy them because of badge. Nice to hear the BMW GTs are tanking.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @razrrick13
        This is for China. Chinese people will pay for a long wheelbase car, but not necessarily for a big 7-series.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummm.........a long wheel version of the 3 SERIES...........sounds like a NORMAL 5 series to me :/ people are just so stupid if they buy this version of the car.......
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