2022 BMW X5 Li launched in China with X7’s Wheelbase

Car manufacturers used to mainly stretch sedans, but the advent of SUVs has pushed manufacturers to expand their LWB options. BMW launched the X1 Li in China in 2016 and is now expanding the X5 to join the 3 Series Li and 5 Series Li. It has the same exterior as the original model, but with larger rear doors.

The X5 Li, which is made in China for China, is 130 mm (5.1 inches) longer between the axles than the average SUV. It means the wheelbase is a majestic 3,105 mm (122 inches), the same as the full-size X7. The added extra lengths provide space for passengers in the second row.

According to BMW, the X5 Li features custom comfort seats with an additional four-position backrest adjustment. The long-wheelbase SUV differs from the conventional model by an electroplated finish on several controls. In addition, the speakers of the sound system have perforated metal covers.

The more expensive X5 has a panoramic glass roof and a smartphone tray with inductive charging. It will be available in xDrive30Li and xDrive40Li versions, including the latter with optional air suspension. The six- and eight-cylinder engines bring their power to the wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and AWD.

Surprisingly, the G18 BMW X5 Li that the spy photographers spotted undergoing testing is not based on the future facelift version. The China-only model features the M Aerodynamics package and modified suspension tuning to accommodate the increased length. In this case, the SUV should be 5,052 mm (199 inches) long if the overhangs stay the same. If that is the case, the X5 Li is almost as long as the X7.

It will go into production at the Shenyang factory in April. This is the result of a joint venture with Brilliance, in which BMW recently increased its stake to 75%.

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