2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan Stretches Its Wheelbase In China

Chinese love their long-wheelbase sedans, so most manufacturers are more than happy to oblige.

BMW has already launched a brand-new 3 Series, code named the G20, with a length of 4,709 mm (185.4 in), which makes it the largest 3 Series sedan ever made. It also has a 2,851 mm (112.2 in) wheelbase that’s 41mm (1.61in) longer than its predecessor’s.

Apparently, that’s not enough for Chinese customers. Enter the all-new 3 Series Li, China’s idea of a proper 3 Series sedan. According to AutoWeek.nl, it measures 4.83 meters (190.1 inches) from bumper to bumper, making it 120 mm (4.72 in) longer overall than the standard wheelbase model.

Moch of the added length is found between the axles, as the 3 Series Li has a wheelbase of 2.96 meters (116.5 inches) — 110 mm (4.3 in) more than the regular G20 3 Series sedan. Obviously, rear seat passengers benefit the most from the increased dimensions, particularly in terms of leg- and knee room.

The car you see in the photos wears an M Sport body kit and 325Li badging, which means it is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 PS (181 hp). Interestingly, that same engine is sold as the 320i in Europe. More powerful engines should also be available.

As with the previous-generation 3 Series Li, the new model will be built by the BMW Brilliance joint venture at the Shenyang plant. The standard wheelbase 3 Series won’t be available in China, which will only get the LWB version to compete with the Audi A4 L, Jaguar XE L, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class L.

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  • chuck2

    >Moch of the added length

    moch eh?

  • Bo Hanan

    China, I’d like to introduce you to the BMW 5-Series. 5-Series, this is China.

    • Jan Cervenka

      Erm the 5 series is lwb in China

  • cbATL

    Aren’t Chinese people short? Why do they always get the stretched cars?

    • exeptor

      Sounds like a rhetorical question to me?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      If you have a LWB vehicle, it is more prestigious.

      In China, appearance is everything. LWB versions give the appearance that you’re being chauffeured around.

      • cbATL

        “….appearance that you’re being chauffeured around.” – in a 3 series?

        Buy a 5/7 Series and stop looking like an @$$hole.

  • sidewaysspin

    Now it looks ugly, and those chinese characters plastered on the back, terrible.

    • Bae Young

      It reads “Brilliance Auto-BMW”, just added an extra horror effect

  • THAT’S ONE UGLY BMW. I HAVE TO WONDER HOW TALL THE AVERAGE CHINESE IS THAT THEY NEED SO MUCH LEG ROOM. WHY NOT BUY A 5 SERIES?

  • If it wasn’t for the badges I wouldn’t realize this is a LWB model.

  • Sybill Julian

    I really hate this lwb version of every cars in China. You love Honda Civic but want a spacious legroom? Take the Accord.. You want a longer 3 series? there are 5 and 7 series!

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