Celebrating the world premiere of a new luxury sedan developed specifically for the Chinese market, BMW is showing the long-wheelbase version of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan at the 2010 Auto China Show in Beijing. This new model will be built at BMW’s Shenyang Plant and is exclusive to the Chinese car market. It will be available in 535Li, BMW 528Li and BMW 523L variants. Developed from the ground up, the sedan combines grand touring comfort, especially at the rear, and a truly luxurious interior with the driving pleasure typical of BMW.
The wheelbase is increased by 5.5” to offer more space for the rear seats. From outside, the car is dominated by its dynamic lines borne out by the stretched body of the new BMW 5 Series with its long wheelbase and the long engine compartment lid with short overhangs front and rear.
Detailed modifications in design along the roofline and the silhouette give the long-wheelbase version good balance of proportions. The extended side window area, in turn, makes the C-pillar look particularly slender, while the coupé-like flowing roofline comes out even more convincingly thanks to the greater length of the car. For the generous rear seats, the long-wheelbase version offers a host of equipment to use the Sedan as a mobile office.
The BMW 528Li and the BMW 535Li both come as standard with a full control unit for the audio system at the rear, comprising a Controller integrated in the centre armrest. Folding and illuminated vanity mirrors as well as two cupholders on the front and rear seats each likewise come as standard, while special reading lights at the rear and a cooling box are available as options. The comfort seat bench developed specifically for the long-wheelbase version offers ample space for three passengers. The two outer seats are contoured like individual seats, with the more raked backrest providing a comfortable seating position with additional headroom. Individual temperature and ventilation control on all seats is ensured by optional four-zone automatic air conditioning.
The Executive Equipment Line available on the BMW 535Li guarantees a particularly exclusive style of motoring. The features include a folding table integrated in the backrest of the front passenger seat and a rear-seat entertainment system complete with eight-inch monitors. The position of the front passenger’s seat may be adjusted both from the driver’s side and from the rear. A further unique element in the segment of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan is the electrically adjustable sunblinds on the rear side windows. Like the rear sunblind, the side blinds are controlled by switches on the right and left rear seat.
The long-wheelbase 5 Series is available with no less than three different HiFi systems, while the entertainment system may be supplemented by a TV function for the reception of digital television programs. The luggage compartment in the long-wheelbase version accommodates up to four 46-inch golf bags – and even if the car is fitted with a cooling box, there is still enough space for three golf bags of this size.
All versions of the new long-wheelbase 5 Series are equipped as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW 535Li comes with eight-speed Sports Automatic combined with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and Dynamic Drive Control, which (through a toggle switch on the centre console) allows the driver to modify the car’s set-up in the comfort, normal and sport modes. Building the new BMW 5 Series long-wheelbase, the Shenyang Plant is enlarging its production capacities. The Plant in the Province of Liaoning has been building cars since 2003 as a joint venture of the BMW Group with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. In this period, more than 150,000 cars have been built here for the Chinese market alone.
Prior to the start of production of the long-wheelbase version, significant investments were made in expanding and modernizing the production facilities. A brand-new hall measuring almost 200,000 square feet was built for producing the body of the car. Significant extensions and improvements have also been made in the Paintshop, Assembly, Quality Assurance, and IT, adjusting to the specific requirements involved in building the new Sedan. The Shenyang Plant currently employs approximately 3,700 associates. Another 500 specially trained associates will be employed additionally at another plant in Shenyang in the years to come. At the same time the integration of local production partners and suppliers is being promoted in the process of increasing production capacities in general.