A 14-centimeter stretched version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has made an appearance in China. See the pics and find out more inside.

The long wheelbase car has become a definite status symbol in China, and it appears a new car will try to rise above the competition in that market.  These pictures of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a long wheelbase were snapped outside the 2010 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

Seen unguarded, the car could be Daimler's attempt to compete against the Audi A6L and the Volvo S80L.  Audi also produces a stretched versions of the A4 for China as well as the A8L for global markets.  Not to be outdone, BMW has also recently released it's own 2011 5-Series LWB for the massive Asian market.

According to ChinaCarTimes, the long E-Class is 7mm shorter in height, but 14-centimeters longer than the base domestic model.  The vehicle would come out of the Mercedes joint venture with Beijing Auto, and would likely be dubbed the Beijing Benz E300L.

Gallery: Mercedes E-Class long wheelbase spotted outside Beijing Auto Show