The Mercedes-Benz E-Class long wheelbase has been revealed at the Beijing motor show.
Based on the standard E-Class, the China-only, long-wheelbase variant has been extended by 140mm and has been treated to interior enhancements to suit the Chinese market.
The extension of the wheelbase takes the length of the E-Class LWB to 5063mm; 183mm off that of the long-wheelbase S-Class, and just shy of the standard S-Class’s 5116mm. Mercedes claims the LWB model has an extra 134mm of rear leg room.
Unlike the UK version, the Chinese E-Class is offered with a choice of two optional grilles to create two distinct sub-variants: the saloon and the sports saloon.
The sports saloon has a grille-mounted Mercedes badge, while the saloon has its badge on the front of the bonnet.
Mercedes could not comment on how many of Chinese E-Class sales would be in LWB format.
Sources at Mercedes could not specify the extra cost of the long-wheelbase E-Class over the standard model, or how many LWB cars it hopes to sell.