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Audi Q5 L will be the first LWB version from the brand based on a crossover and will have additional rear legroom of just over 100 mm

With the 2018 Beijing Auto Show just around the corner, details on new launches and world premieres have slowly started to emerge. Majority of them will be exclusive to China and only a few can be expected to be sold outside in the near future based on their success at the People’s Republic.

Audi is allegedly stepping up the plate and will be lifting covers off the long-wheelbase version of its popular Q5. If the rumours come into fruition, it will be the first L version from the German brand based on a crossover. According to reports surfaced on the internet, it will have additional rear legroom of 100 mm.

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This refers to 2,921 mm longer wheelbase compared to 2,819 mm for the regular Q5 sold across the globe. The international-spec Audi Q5 is produced at the brand’s Mexico plant but the long-wheelbase version will be manufactured in China by the FAW-VW joint venture and it will follow the same path as the A4 L and A6 L and remain as another exclusive model for China.

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Speculations suggest that the entry-level Q2 crossover may receive an L version as well in late 2018 for China. The Beijing Auto Show will also play host to several new products with increased rear legroom as well. In fact, Mercedes is working on revealing a new compact car developed locally for China.

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A Mercedes-Maybach concept previewing a higher grade of next-gen GLS can also be expected at the motoring exhibition. The China-specific BMW X3 will also be making its way to greet the show-goers. The Ix3 could be showcased in its full-electric concept form before entering production by the end of this decade.

Lexus is also unveiling the new ES while Nissan will grace the show with Navara-based Terra SUV. Apart from the new Touareg, Volkswagen will bring new sedans under different joint ventures as well. Other notable launches are 2019 Ford Focus and new Buick Velite 6.

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