F30 BMW 3 Series

F30 BMW 3 Series LWB created for Chinese market

It’s no secret the sort of market China has grown to be or is expected to grow further in the nearby future so it’s no surprise to see manufacturers cater to the People’s Republic.

The latest “tailored for this market” car in the lineup comes from our favorite car maker and it’s a stretched version of the F30 BMW 3 Series.

F30 BMW 3 Series
F30 BMW 3 Series

A considerable amount of details are missing but the big picture is pretty clear, the F30 BMW 3 Series LWB is not going to change the world any time soon.

When it hits the market it will likely be based on the 335i F30 and it is also very likely that it will only be available with that engine in it.

As far as branding is concerned, I don’t think there’s any point to stretching beyond the BMW 335Li no matter how much more rear legroom customers want.

F30 BMW 3 Series
F30 BMW 3 Series

If it seems pointless to you, or most people in Europe or the US for that matter, Chinese businessmen are very used to having a personal driver.

Regardless of the car they buy, it’s not uncommon to be chauffeured around in it and there’s two reasons for this.

Driving can take up time and hiring somebody to drive you everywhere is remarkably cheap.

F30 BMW 3 Series
F30 BMW 3 Series

It’s also worth noting that BMW isn’t on point duty when it comes to the business of creating LWB versions of smaller cars than usual.

Audi has been selling an A6L and A4L in China for some time now. Mercedes isn’t very clear on the situation but their C and E Class tend to be roomier in the back anyway.


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