Owning a sedan car in China not only means, you have a car. It’s also some kind of status. Driving a large car is an expression of success – deep down in the chinese social thinking: Why China is demanding long wheelbase cars.
At the Auto Shanghai 2017 show, BMW showed, what is now the third generation of their premium business sedan developed exclusively for China.
Why the BMW 5 Series Sedan Long Wheelbase is important
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase comes with all the right credentials for cementing its predecessor’s status as the most successful premium model in the Chinese market. In numbers: every third car BMW sells in China is a BMW 5 Series.
With knowing this, it is no surprise, that the latest incarnation of the BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is even more closely in tune with the requirements of modern, status-conscious customers in China.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase was developed alongside the new BMW 5 Series Sedan with standard wheelbase, during which time its specific qualities were carefully honed to meet the needs and expectations of target groups in China. Extending the wheelbase by 133 millimetres has resulted in lavish levels of spaciousness in the rear passenger compartment, while at the same time giving the exterior elegantly stretched proportions that blend in harmoniously with the business sedan’s sophisticated looks.
The model-specific proportions of the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase stem from the extended wheelbase and lengthened roof line. In difference to the global version of the car, an additional horizontal line originating in the tail end above the rear light clusters and extending forward into the C-pillar accentuates the vehicle’s length.
More space, more comfort
Moving inside, the cutting-edge design of the new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase cockpit combines with exceptional spaciousness for passengers in the rear.
Passengers seated in the rear can savour the luxurious ambience while enjoying the generous amounts of legroom, headroom and shoulder room. Their sense of wellbeing is further heightened by a seating position that is even more comfortable than in the predecessor model and optimized soundproofing. A new type of engine capsule teams up with sound-absorbing measures in the vicinity of the headliner and between the passenger and luggage compartments to greatly enhance acoustic comfort.
Besides active seat ventilation for both front and rear seats, there is also the option of comfort seats in the rear. These are sculpted to feel more like individual seats and include electrically adjustable backrest tilt for the outer seats, specially designed head restraints and a centre armrest with integral Touch Command unit. The removable tablet can be used for controlling a variety of functions, including the seat position and the infotainment programme. What is more, the position of the front passenger seat can be adjusted from the rear too, allowing the passenger seated behind it to benefit from even greater legroom.
The automatic climate control system features an automatic air recirculation function, separate temperature control for the rear and model-specific activated carbon filtering for highly effective air purification in the passenger compartment – all as standard. The list of optional extras includes an Ambient Air package, which ionises the air and fragrances it with special scents to produce an even more pleasant atmosphere.
And, there is also the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof with integral LED light graphic, which is unique in this segment.
The all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase also now offers a far wider selection of driver assistance systems that bring the prospect of automated driving another step closer.
And finally, innovative digital services from BMW Connected put the finishing touch to the driving and travelling experience. The personal mobility assistant was localized for the Chinese market lately.
Like its predecessor, the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is built at the Shenyang production facility in the northeast of China. The plant is part of a joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance Auto Group.