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This Is The Long Wheelbase G20 BMW 3-Series You Can't Buy

The Chinese-built 3-series LWB has been revealed, but it won't be available outside the country

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BMW - This Is The Long Wheelbase G20 BMW 3-Series You Can't Buy - News

Like the idea of the new G20 BMW 3-series, but plan on transporting particularly tall people in the back from time to time? You might be interested in this: the long-wheelbase version. The only trouble is, you can’t buy it.

Unless that is, you live in China, where the car is also built. BMW Brilliance Automotive - a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Auto Group - manufactures the car in Shenyang, along with other Chinese market oddities like the 1-series saloon, the long wheelbase ‘G38’ 5-series and ‘F52’ long wheelbase X1. Yep, even the pint-sized BMW crossover gets the LWB treatment.

As for stretched G20 3er, it’s 120mm longer than the standard model. Not a huge difference, so it’ll take some particularly eagle-eyed BMW fans to tell the difference on first glance.

BMW - This Is The Long Wheelbase G20 BMW 3-Series You Can't Buy - News

There aren’t any images of the interior yet, so we don’t get to see all that glorious extra legroom the rear-most passengers will enjoy. The only two pictures of the exterior aren’t exactly the best quality, either.

Just to make sure the whole thing is even odder, it also gets a number not used for the G20 in the rest of the world: 325, or to give it the full title, the 325 Li. Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same guts used for the 320i: a 2.0-litre inline-four turbo which sends 179bhp to the rear wheels.