The confirmation was already expected as the larger version is made primarily for the Chinese market as a chauffeur car.

BMW has announced the long-wheel-base version of their new 3-Series range will be unveiled at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. The confirmation was already expected as the larger version is made primarily for the Chinese market as a chauffeur car.

The wheelbase on the model has been extended by 11cm and it will be available with a choice of three engines. The BMW 320Li starts with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. The BMW 328Li will use the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that boasts 245 PS (180 kW / 241 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The range topping BMW 335Li is blessed with the twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder unit that generates 306 PS (225 kW / 302 hp).

The standard sedan and full-hybrid versions will also join the 3-Series long-wheel-base model in Shanghai. They will also be accompanied by the 6-Series Gran Coupe, M6 Coupe, X6 facelift and the BMW X3 xDrive28i, all of which are celebrating their Asian debuts.

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BMW 3-series LWB world debut in Beijing confirmed