It looks like the BMW global portfolio is going to get a little bit more Chinese: the German automaker will export the long-wheelbase 5 Series sedan to other markets by the end of the year, according to reports.
China Daily reports that BMW made the announcement just before the Guangzhou auto show in China. Whether or not it’ll make it to the United States is anyone’s guess; however, BMW wouldn’t confirm where it will send the car, saying only that it’s possible the stretched sedan might be tested in the Middle East or elsewhere in Asia.
The 5 Series long wheelbase, which is sold exclusively in the Chinese market, is unique in that it’s stretched about 5.5 inches longer than a standard 5 Series. It’s available with a selection of three inline-six engines that tops out with the now-familiar 3.0-liter turbo I-6 (which is used in the U.S. in everything from the 1 Series to X6) that makes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. It’s made in Shenyang, at a plant that it shares with Brilliance Auto, a Chinese brand with which BMW has a partnership.
In a market that is famously run by the Audi A6, the current F10-generation 5 Series has seen plenty of success: it nearly doubled its market share in the mid-size premium segment in the last year. BMWs on the whole seem to be doing well in the People’s Republic, too: BMW is poised to open a new expansion to the Shenyang plant to produce the upcoming X1 SUV and 3 Series sedan.
Source: China Daily