If not enough for the X7: BMW will produce the elongated X5 L

If not enough for the X7: BMW will produce the elongated X5 L

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The BMW X5 line will expand due to the long-wheelbase version with the letter L. The appearance and characteristics of the crossover extended by 13 centimeters have been declassified by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of China. According to the certification body, the “stretched” BMW X5 will be available with all-wheel drive and petrol engines of 2.0 or 3.0 liters. The appearance of the X5 L outside the Celestial Empire is doubtful, because the new product will be produced at the joint venture BMW-Brilliance.

The long wheelbase version differs from the usual “x-fifth” not only in length (+130 millimeters), but also in height (+3 millimeters). The rear door has become larger, but the rest of the exterior has not changed. Curiously, the distance between the axles (3105 millimeters) of the BMW X5 L is exactly the same as that of the three-row BMW X7.

China will offer two versions of the novelty – the X5 xDrive 30Li with a four-cylinder 272-horsepower 2.0 turbo engine and the X5 xDrive 40Li with a 3.0-liter 370-horsepower six-cylinder engine. In both cases, the 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with the front axle clutch will remain.

Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of China revealed the appearance of the updated BMW 3-Series sedan, and the novelty appeared in an unusual role of an electric car with the i3 index. Both the long-wheelbase X5 L and the restyled troika are expected to debut in the first quarter of next year.

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