BMW is set to introduce a long-wheelbase version of the latest 5 Series at the upcoming 2017 Auto Shanghai. Measuring 133 mm longer than the standard BMW G30 5 Series, the stretched sedan gives its extra space for the benefit of its rear passengers, and will be available in Luxury and M Sport trim lines. As before, the longer 5 Series will be exclusive to China.

The Luxury trim variant gets Nappa leather, a Bowers & Wilkins audio system and a pair of 10.25-inch screens for the rear passengers (each mounted on the front seat headrests), while a tablet computer is integrated into the rear armrest to serve as a control hub for the stretched 5 Series infotainment system.

The sportier edge to the long-wheelbase 5 Series is portrayed by the M Sport trim variant, which comes with the M Aerodynamic body kit, including the familiar three-intake front bumper design, deeper side skirts, larger wheels and a rear diffuser. For China, three petrol variants are on offer: a pair of 2.0 litre turbo fours with 224 hp and 252 hp in 525Li and 530Li guises respectively, while a 3.0 litre turbo six powers the 540Li.

In China, the long-wheelbase 5 Series will arrive in this third quarter of this year, priced between 450,000 to 750,000 yuan (RM288,881 to RM481,468).


GALLERY: BMW G30 5 Series