A few images of the new Chinese-market long-wheelbase BMW 3 Series have made their way to the web. The vehicle's profile clearly shows a few extra inches of room for rear passengers, though the additional space between the front and rear wheels doesn't infringe too heavily on the sedan's design.

With a slightly longer rear door and expanded rear cabin, the BMW 335Li is designed for buyers who would rather be driven than drive. That's a big plus for the chauffeur-oriented Chinese luxury vehicle market. From what we hear, the vehicle is headed toward an official debut at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show in April.

In addition to more rear legroom, the BMW 335Li will likely feature a new 8.8-inch freestanding control display mounted atop the vehicle's dash. An auto start-stop system is expected to debut on the vehicle to help increase fuel economy, and a blind-spot awareness system is expected to be standard equipment, as well. Head over to the F30Post.com forums for a better look at the elongated 3 Series.


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      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      platform for the new 4 Series 4-door coupe - that is based on the 3 Series I cant believe they messed with the Hofmeister kink!! What is that chrome bit heading backward? Looks like a Lexus styling cue
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        Spartan
        • 3 Years Ago
        You'd be the only person to acquire about such a vehicle, and you probably wouldn't buy it new. The internet - full of ideas from people who will never make good on them.
      Shawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just don't see the point of this at all. I noticed that the Chinese get LWB in other luxury cars as well, but the reasoning was that it was aimed at execs. Why would a person with the money buy a 3-series to be driven around in when he could get the 5-series or the 8? Baller exec on a budget? This makes absolutely no sense to me at all! But I guess there must be demand for it. Anyway, I'd still like to have one since I like the styling of the 3-series more than the 5-series and there's actual leg room. But it doesn't make sense for BMW because it would cannibalize sales for the 5-series.
        RGT881
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shawn
        This is SOLELY due to the taxes levied on luxury vehicles in China. Very few rich (read sane rich) people wish to spend a fortune on 7er after taxes, yet they still want to be driven around in luxury. This is where extended wheelbase models come in. They all do it, even Caddilac with the STS.
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        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        uhhh no? considering the entire car is not only different, but the spirit of the 3 series is quite unique.
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        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        difference is about 40K in taxes ;)
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        difference is about 40K in taxes ;)
      Cornel001
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that chinese are rather small people. why do they need extra space ? a normal car for them would be like a long variant for others.
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        ammca66564
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cornel001
        You ever try to fit into the back of a 3-series? It's not "I've got a chauffeur" kinda space, even for a short person.
          CarCrazy24
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          But isn't that why you go for a 5 series?
          Cornel001
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          If only we were speaking of 3-series. But I keep reading stories about long-wheelbase versions about any other car for china. so what's your "excuses" for those ?
      autoblogpd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sat in my bro`s 3 series and there is NO leg room back there. If you are going to make a 4 door, then engineer the thing for leg and head room in the back or don't bother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is going to be super popular if you ask me. i know several people who wanted a 3 series, but there wasn't enough rear leg room for their kids.. my guess it will be a hot ticket with families.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I HATE how BMW does LWB models. It looks cheaply done, like the took a door from a 5-series and grafted it on the car. Jaguar does the same thing. Throws off the whole design and symmetry of the car's design. It reeks of cost-cutting. 7-series, 3-series, it's the same thing. Lexus redesigns the front door & the pillar, and they build, in effect, another car that looks like it's supposed to be LWB, not a SWB car with a big back door. It probably costs considerably more to do it that way, and it takes a lot of work, but, I guess like their marketing campaign says, The Hard Way is the only way to build a Lexus. If I buy a car for $80k, the first thing I DON'T want to think about is cost-cutting, or a car's design is trashed to accommodate a longer rear door. http://www.roadandtrack.com/var/ezflow_site/storage_RT_NEW/storage/images/media/images/fd_2007-lexus-ls-460_lead1/1564883-1-eng-US/fd_2007-lexus-ls-460_lead1.jpg http://www.roadfly.com/new-cars/wp-content/uploads/gallery/2007-lexus-ls460l/lexus-ls460l.jpg http://www.drivearabia.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bmw-750li-2010-side.jpg BD
        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        waaah waah. But it sells, so BMW doesn't care what you say.
          M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @over9000
          it sells but not as well as the basic 3, 5, 7.
      Fran Cats
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it ironic that the country with the shortest people demand cars with more rear leg room
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      AKA 5 series, but a tiny bit smaller. Dude, China keeps getting custom BMWs thrown their way so that they can ride in style. What's that say about how their economy is doing? if you've got so many ballers out there to warrant a custom chassis for that country ( rather than just a 5 series ), and our brands/selection keeps shrinking in the United States.... that's pretty bad imho.
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