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Discussion in 'Mercedes News' started by KillerHERTZ, Mar 25, 2014.
60mm Longer for the Chinese market.
They do a lot of midsize cars like this in China.
Audi do an A4L and A6L
BMW do 5 series L
It was something I noticed last time I was in Shanghai.
Not sure what is the obsession with LWB small cars.. Yes they do have tax/cost challenges but for sure a C LWB does not sound right to me.. Even the E LWB is questionable
Believe it or not, even small saloons might be chauffeur driven in China, hence the demand for cars with decent rear legroom.
The Skoda Superb was rather successful?
Lets get this in perspective- 60mm is a couple of inches- not exactly a stretch limo then. Undoubtedly the extra wheelbase will give an improved ride- assuming the rear suspension is recalibrated [ and I do wonder whether they bothered ] and an extra welcome bit of legroom for the rear passengers. If you assume the target market for the C class in the UK is the business user thrashing up and down the motorway single handed and in China the car may be carrying 2+ passengers as a limo or taxi perhaps makes a lot more sense. The VW Passat in the states has a longer wheel base and their HONDA Accord is an entirely bigger car than the European version ----altho I think that has more to do with a size of the average American than number of passengers envisioned.
60mm is very welcome. I can't sit a toddler in a car seat behind me in a C class but 60mm may make it just doable.
Regarding the better ride, in theory that's true, it should be better but in practise there is no perceivable difference between a W220 SWB and W220 LWB.
Lwb and a proper grille...why can't we have the Chinese versions of the cars!
The grill looks like it has had botox injections!