BMW is set to further expand its Chinese range by offering a long wheelbase version of the 3 Series, according to new reports.
It seems that when the new plant that BMW and its local partner, Brilliance, will be built in the Shengyang, new products are set to be manufactured. Besides the X1, which was confirmed some time ago, sources indicate that a long wheelbase version of the 3 Series might also see the light of day in China.
The new factory will be able to produce over 100,000 models each year, so the possibility of a longer 3 Series, in order to contend with the Audi A4L already offered in China, might not be too far fetched.
Still, the plant is a long way until it is finalized (around 2012), so don’t expect a long wheelbase 3 Series anytime soon. We’re pretty sure, however, that the LWB version of the 2011 5 Series will please the Chinese public until then.