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      01-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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2012 335Li Long Wheelbase Model Revealed in China

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This extended length next gen 3-series will be manufactured in China for sale only in China (like all new F30s for the Chinese market) and provides for more spacious backseat area with more legroom. The BMW 3-series Li will debut at the Beijing Autoshow in April 2012.
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      01-10-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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      01-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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tail lights look amazing esp. in this color! I've come to realized that although the F30 is a good looking car, you have to look at it from the right angles because there are some that make the F30 look pretty unflattering.
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      01-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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The wheelbase of 335Li and 535i should be the same。
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      01-10-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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Uh... 3 Series Li? Weird...
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so what's the point of a 5 series?
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The wheelbase of 335Li and 535i should be the same。
This is the problem I have with the new BMW's. If you want a bigger trunk/back seat over a 3-series' one, get a 5-series. It's as simple as that. BMW is starting to mix their model lines together and are not focusing on maintaining their uniqueness when it comes to making cars... Not good
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What is going on with that hoffmeister kink?? Gross, like a lexus. BMW, youre fucking weird
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so what's the point of a 5 series?
I would bet that Chinese tax scheme for cars is insane, so the difference between a 3-Series Li and a 5-Series price would be very significant.
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i think this is specific to the chinese market just like the F10 LWB. its for the people with money and want to be chauffeured around, but not enough money for a 5er or 7er. the additional wheelbase is all towards rear legroom.
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so what's the point of a 5 series?
I believe BMW's plan is for the 3 to be the new 5 so maybe the 1 will be the 3. Like the damn thing isn't long enough...Sucks.
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i think this is specific to the chinese market just like the F10 LWB. its for the people with money and want to be chauffeured around, but not enough money for a 5er or 7er. the additional wheelbase is all towards rear legroom.
In addition to that I thought the reasoning was while a 3li would be longer than a standard 3, it's still SMALLER than a 5 series which one would think is especially useful in scenarios like... small streets, smaller parking spots, etc.
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Um, an Li 3-Series just makes very little sense to me. If somebody wanted/needed a longer vehicle, they would just step up to a 5.
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so why would anyone now buy a 5-series? badge?
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In China, you buy a nice car to ride in the back while someone else drives you. *Just isn't enough legroom in the rear of the std wheelbase 3 or 5 for full time comfort. *Go ahead, sit back there with an adult in the front seat, you'll understand.
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Uh... 3 Series Li? Weird...
I think it's brilliant! *The 3series was always lacking in rear leg room.
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i think this is specific to the chinese market just like the F10 LWB. its for the people with money and want to be chauffeured around, but not enough money for a 5er or 7er. the additional wheelbase is all towards rear legroom.

Who can afford a Chauffeur, but can't afford a 5 series? I must be missing something. Not to mention that the Chinese on average are shorter and hence don't need the legroom more than we do. I'm not sure why, but there is obviously a demand for such a car over there or BMW would not be producing it specifically for this market.
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If China is using engine displacement as taxation, I understand why they make 5 series Li, as the smallest engine for the 7 series is 3.0 I6, and maybe smaller engine is available to the 5 Li. But 3 series LWB?? Would be weird to see someone is chauffeured around in a 3 series
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