BMW Brilliance Automotive will reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show a premium-segment plug-in hybrid sedan concept based on a long wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market and produced at the Shenyang site. Production version will begin in China in 2013.

The prototype is powered by a parallel hybrid drive set-up that combines a 214 HP combustion engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with an electrical motor that adds another 93 HP. The electrical motor takes its power from a special battery technology which includes the possibility of charging from a mains power supply.

When running purely on electrical power, it is possible to travel emission-free for up to 46 miles at a constant speed of 37 mph. Use of the combustion engine provides a minimum additional range of 248 miles, which is in line with the driving profile of Chinese customers in the premium segment.

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  (539) posted on 04.25.2011

A new BMW 5 series hybrid drives set to be a better performance. But I can say it will only proven when its already using this car. Will looking for the new production of it sooner it will release in coming this year.

  (407) posted on 04.13.2011

Well, I wouldn’t argue with that assessment. But I think that BMW can still find a much better platform than the 5-series. Lets just hope that it performs in the same way they say it would.

  (210) posted on 04.12.2011

Yeah, the 5-series is a flexible platform in that it can be easily adapted to meet the needs of the concept. As for the longer wheelbase, I think it would be quite apt.

  (1211) posted on 04.11.2011

I think that the whole idea might actually work. The 5-Series platform is a rather good choice since it lends itself pretty well to this kind of setups.

  (498) posted on 04.8.2011

Oh! Is this the post celebration of April Fool’s Day? (LMAO). I’m not against the hybrid cars but for the electric cars? A big Yes!

  (515) posted on 04.8.2011

haha. What the hell! Long wheelbase sedan car? Wow! Chinese was so ambitious! I mean how will they support the needed power to make that car move? Electric car production is just a waste of effort, it needs a serious study to make that concept more reliable!

  (765) posted on 04.8.2011

Hmm, the Chinese car market is really growing in demand for hybrid vehicles. I wonder why this trend is not catching up in the States, maybe because we are too fixated with petrol powered cars.

  (442) posted on 04.8.2011

Nice, that one is really looking greatly Improved and good. I like the fact that they have made a significant amount of improvement in the car’s engine too bad that this one i9s limited to the Chinese market only.

  (25) posted on 04.7.2011

Its high time for these big players to actually bring some of these concept cars to production. Its by actual testing only that people will know the importance of alternate energy and the capability of these hybrid cars.

  (25) posted on 04.7.2011

This hybrid will definitely make improvements in future and even the tuning companies should lay their hands to improve on the alternative energy performance. with the increasing models in hybrid sector, the future looks promising.

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