Over the first six months of 2011, BMW sold 121,614 cars in China, representing 27% of the Bavarian automaker’s global total sales and is 61% higher than the sales in China for the first six months of 2010. The impressive figure is supported by none other than the BMW 3 series, which is one of BMW China’s top selling models.
BMW is set to carry on its momentum in china with the introduction of the all-new BMW 3 series. Since the Chinese like their ride in long-wheelbase variant, BMW has decided to create the 335Li, the long-wheelbase 3 series. It will be produced alongside with the regular 3 series at BMW’s joint-venture factory with Brilliance China Automotive at Shenyang, Liaoning Province.
The rear leg room of the 335Li is said to be between the Audi A4L and A6L. Some readers may have concern about how the long-wheelbase 335Li handles as compared to the standard 3 series but I believe buyers of the long-wheelbase version are more concerned with comfort rather than handling prowess.
The 2012 BMW 335i is powered by a direct-injected turbocharged inline-6 engine generating 300 bhp with 300 lb-ft of torque. In the “standard” wheelbase version, the 335i is able to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 5.5 seconds.