BMW introduced an extended version of the 5 Series sedan 2021September 17, 2020
The Bavarian brand has introduced a long-wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series business sedan. This version of the model received the designation Li and is intended primarily for the Chinese automotive market.
At the China Auto Show (Auto China 2020, Beijing), the Bavarian BMW brand unveiled the updated 5 Series. However, this is not the kind of luxury sedan we might see in Europe, because the Chinese variant of the business class model is slightly larger.
It is a known fact that Chinese buyers love long cars, which is why many German luxury brands have developed separate LWB (Long Wheelbase) models to serve the world’s most populous country.
The distance between the axles is increased by 130 mm, resulting in a 5 Series Li wheelbase of 3,105 mm.
The 5-series sedan sold in China is not only more spacious than the international version of the model, but it also boasts a feature that you won’t find anywhere else. The Chinese version of the model gets a “comfortable rear seat with particularly ergonomic upholstery and comfortable headrests” offered as an option. Customers can also order the sedan with a panoramic glass roof, sophisticated ambient lighting and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual touchscreens.
BMW China has released only two images of the refreshed 5 Series, showing the model equipped with the M Sport Package. A hybrid variant of the 535Le with a combined output of 288 horsepower will also be presented.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that a prototype of an electric BMW i7 sedan was again seen on tests. The Bavarian automaker is testing a camouflaged prototype of an electric version of the BMW 7 Series flagship sedan again. It is assumed that the debut of new items will take place no earlier than next year.
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