The BMW 3 series is an accomplished car in its segment in India. However, pretty soon the F30 (the successor model) will replace the E90 (the older generation) in India. But something interesting caught our eye from the international automotive scene.
Here is a spyshot of the long wheelbase (LWB) version of the new F30 prepping up for its China debut. LWB version are essentially longer version of the cars with more back seat legroom. They are especially for people who like to be chauffeur driven around. They are big business in China and most manufacturers have a LWB version of their luxury cars.
The F30 seen over here is a 335Li and as one can see that it has a slightly longer rear door and expanded rear cabin to give that extra leg room over the regular 3 Series sedan. It is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six with 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. It will feature other goodies also such as 8.8-inch control display, an auto start-stop system and a blind-spot awareness system. The LWB 335Li will debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April and will not be available in the United States or Europe.
However, back home, we only have an LWB version of the 7 series. The BMW 3 Series is increasingly being chauffeur-driven in India. In such a scenario, doesn’t the LWB version of the F30 makes absolute sense over here?