BMW X1 Li Long-Wheelbase Hits The Chinese Car Market

Published on May 25, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

BMW X1 Li Long-Wheelbase Hits The Chinese Car Market

The new BMW X1 Li has been launched on the Chinese car market. The X1 Li is the long-wheelbase variant of the BMW X1. It is only for China and made locally by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture. Price starts at 286.000 yuan and ends at 439.000 yuan.


The wheelbase of the X1 Li is extended by 11 centimeters compared to the regular car, and that translates to a lot of extra space for the passengers in the back. The X1 Li is also two centimeters wider and four centimeters higher. The roof accommodates a large double sunroof.




The interior is looking luxurious, with a very analogue instrument panel an a not overly large touch screen. Happily, the top end cars get a bigger one.


The extra length is best visible by looking at the B-pillar and following the roof line going to the rear. The line is straight for much longer than on the regular car. The rear door is bigger as well.

There are three engines available: a 151hp 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder (18Li), a 213hp 2.0 turbo (20Li), and a 257hp 2.0 turbo (25Li). The white car on the photos is a 20 Li.

The X1 Li is somewhat of an odd car, with BMW moving into undiscovered territory. It is the first stretched SUV ever to hit the market. All its competitors, all of which are locally made as well, have the same side as their non-Chinese counterparts.


If the X1 Li becomes a success other automakers are sure to follow with their own stretched SUVs. The X1 Li could be trendsetter, or a turd.


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  1. Ralph Hendrik Fritz Bock- May 25, 2016 Reply

    This BMW is not the first stretched SUV. The Skoda Yeti of the Volkswagen Group was stretched as well.

    1. the expert- May 25, 2016 Reply

      the Yeti is not a SUV.

      1. Head Honcho- May 26, 2016 Reply

        The Yeti is as much an SUV as this station wagon.

  2. Danny- May 26, 2016 Reply

    The chinese Tiguan by SAIC-VW (current model, not the new one) also had Extended wheelbase compared to european model…

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