Extended wheelbase E-Class offers 14 cm more leg space. The model is part of a trend in the Chinese market of extended wheelbase variants of premium models.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the E 300 L - a long wheelbase E-Class sedan - at the Auto China 2010 show.

The E 300 L is the first model by the Stuttgart-based premium brand to be developed specifically for the Chinese market. It features 14 cm more leg room for the rear passengers and a wheelbase of 3.014 m - with the overall length of the E 300 L measuring 5.008 m. The extended wheelbase variant will also come as an E 260 CGI model.

The new model is part of a growing trend in the Chinese market for extended wheelbase variants of premium brand vehicles. And the market is a very important one for Mercedes with its sales having grown 112 percent in the first quarter of this year.

The E 300 L will be manufactured locally by Beijing Benz Automotive Corporation - a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company (BAIC).

The Beijing International auto show run from April 25 to May 2.

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