While everybody is afraid of China flexing its muscles, the Middle Kingdom is stretching its feet. And its cars. Long versions are very popular in the world’s largest auto market, where one can hire a permanent driver for a few hundred $ a month.
BMW joins the fray with a lengthened version of their locally produced 5 Series, called BMW 5 Series Li. The previous generation was also available in a stretched Li version.
According to China Car Times, the Fünfer gained 14 centimeters in length, giving the boss in the back ample space to spread. Like its regulation length counterpart, the stretched version comes with a six-cylinder engine, ranging from 204 to 306 hp. Produced in joint venture with Brilliance Automotive, Daddy Longlegs will debut at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show.
The leggy BMW 5 Li will join other stretched Teutonic drives, such as the Audi A4L and Audi A6L, both very popular in China.
Only problem, which the polite Chinese probably decided not to point out to their Bavarian counterparts: In Mandarin Chinese, “Li” is a very popular family name. In China, it’s akin to calling the car “BMW 5 Series Jones.”