Mercedes-Benz unveils a stretched E-Class specifically for the Chinese market.

In China, it's less about what you drive, and more about what you're driven in. That's why so many automakers release special, long-wheelbase editions of their most popular models but only sell them in the People's Republic. Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to this Chinese-market tactic, so it comes as no surprise that the company presents its long-wheelbase version of the brand-new E-Class at the Beijing Motor Show.

It's everything you already know and love about the 2017 E-Class, just with a bit more length out back. The wheelbase is stretched by 5.5 inches, and that directly results in a 5.3-inch increase of rear legroom. To make backseat passengers even more comfortable, Mercedes adds an improved center armrest to the long-wheelbase E-Class, incorporating a USB port and lighted storage space. That armrest can even be upgraded with niceties like a touchscreen, cell phone wireless charging, a heated pad (like the front armrest in the S-Class), or an additional cupholder.

It all sounds pretty swanky, but don't expect to see the longer E-Class outside of China anytime soon. Mercedes says this car is "built in China for China," produced by Beijing Benz Automotive Co, which is a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC.

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