We’ve known for a while how the demands of the Chinese car market tend to make just about every major car maker bend to its will and BMW is now announcing the latest product to come from this.
It is the LWB (long wheelbase) version of the new F30 BMW 3 Series. The model will be introduced at this month’s Beijing Motor Show.
Orders should commence at the same time as the motor show debut but no word has been uttered on when deliveries will start.
We’d imagine it won’t take too long since the F30 LWB will be built at a Chinese plant recently built in Shenyang which also makes the LWB version of the F10 BMW 5 Series.
Apart from offering more legroom, the only difference between this Chinese F30 and ours is that there’s no diesel engine in the lineup.
The leg room gain should be noticeable though since the length gain is 4.3 inches. That should make quite the difference for the businessmen of Beijing.
Under the bonnet, the F30 LWB gets familiar powerplants and will be available in 320Li, 328Li and 335Li trims. The first two engines are turbocharged 2 liter four pots developing 184 and 245 horsepower.
The latter is the glorious 3.0 liter straight six, also in turbocharged form which develops 305 horsepower.
If you find a stretched 3 Series appealing, forget it, BMW will only be offering it in China. Unless you find about 2 billion friends interested in buying one, you’re likely not to get your wish.