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 |  Apr 05 2012, 5:32 PM

Almost two years ago, BMW announced that it would be producing a stretched 3-Series variant for the Chinese market. Now the 3-Series LWB will debut at this year’s Auto China 2012 show in Beijing.

Since the majority of the more affluent Chinese prefer to be chauffeured around, the 3-Series LWB gives the German automaker a more affordable option for fleets or company vehicles.

The wheelbase on the 3-Series LWB has been extended a tad over 4.3 inches and will come with the choice of three different engines. The BMW 320Li is a 2.0L four-cylinder with 181-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, while the 328Li features a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 241-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The ever-popular 335Li comes with the twin-turbo 3.0L inline-six making 302-hp.