The wheelbase of the new 5 Series is stretched by 133mm for the China-only model, taking the overall length to 5069mm, which is just 29mm shy of the length of the standard-wheelbase BMW 7 Series.
Built in collaboration with BMW’s Chinese partner car maker, Brilliance, BMW claims that the new model is 130kg lighter than its predecessor. The 5 Series Li is expected to weigh in at around 1610kg, while the standard 5 Series ranges from 1540kg to 1660kg, depending on the specification. The extended-wheelbase 7 Series adds 40kg onto the standard car’s kerbweight.
The 5 Series Li also gets improved soundproofing, electrically adjustable seats and a panoramic glass roof, along with the extra knee room. A touchscreen mounted into the central armrest is the most notable feature in the rear, along with a storage box.