The upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show will be the first venue for the newest member of BMW’s Chinese lineup – the new long-wheelbase 5 Series Li. This premium sedan will be exclusively available in the People’s Republic for the meantime.
Compared to the standard 5 Series (G30), the 5 Series Li (G30) is longer by 5.2 inches (13.3 centimeters) but slightly shorter compared to the 7 Series. It exudes a business-like aura while elegantly showing off the harmonious blend of its stretched proportions and contemporary looks. The increase in its length allows more space, thus, there’s additional leg room for the passengers at the back.
Aside from a more spacious leg room, the 5 Series Li also boasts optimized soundproofing as well as a variety of innovative features which include electrically adjustable comfort seats, Ambient Air package and Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof. These features further elevate the 5 Series Li to a whole new level of comfort for back seat passengers.
BMW also offers a 5Li Luxury Line which, from the name itself, features high-quality materials and technology. Its interior features Nappa leather and an infotainment system which includes a Bowers & Wilkins audio system, two 10.25-inch screens mounted on the front headrests, and a uniquely designed rear armrest integrated with a touch-pad that serves as a control center for most of its infotainment functions. Comfort and luxury features include active seat ventilation and a massage function for the back seats.
There are three gasoline engine options for the 5 Series Li: two 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a larger 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six. In the 525 Li and 530 Li, the 2.0-liter turbo engine can generate 224 horsepower (165 kilowatts) and 252 horsepower (185 kilowatts), respectively. The 540 Li with the 3.0-liter turbo, on the other hand, is capable of producing 340 horsepower (250 kW). An eight-speed automatic gearbox works exclusively with these engine options, sending power to the 5Li’s rear wheels. BMW also offers at least one iPerformance variant with plug-in hybrid drive. The 5 Series Li uses the same chassis technology as that of the standard 5 Series sedan.
An optional M Sport aerodynamic package is also offered in addition to the Luxury Line trim. Yes, you read it right. As anything can be possible in China, BMW decided it best to offer an M kit on a long-wheelbase car. It features the usual M Sport elements including large wheels, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a change in its bumpers.
BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. will exclusively oversee production of the 5-Series (which will also take place in China). It will hit the Chinese market by the third quarter of this year, with prices ranging from 450,000 to 750,000 Yuan or (at current exchange rates) approximately $65,300 to $108,715. There are talks of the Bavarian automaker releasing the model to the rest of the world, but there is no official statement from them yet. More details will be revealed before its release on the 19th, so stay tuned!