At the upcoming Auto Shanghai show, BMW – in collaboration with Brilliance Automotive – is set to debut a concept of a premium-segment plug-in hybrid sedan developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market. The prototype is based on the long-wheelbase version of the F10 5 Series Sedan and is made in Shenyang.
The car will feature a drive parallel hybrid drive set-up consisting of a 215 hp combustion engine – featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology – and an electrical motor offering 70 kW, thereby ensuring characteristic BMW driving dynamics as well as ground-breaking efficiency.
The electrical motor draws its energy from a high-voltage battery housed in the luggage compartment, which can be charged via the mains power supply. When running purely on electrical power, the vehicle can travel emission-free for up to 75 km at a constant speed of 60 kph, and the engine provides a minimum additional range of 400 km, which is in line with the driving profile of Chinese customers in the premium segment.
Indeed, the car is tailored closely towards the demands of the Chinese automotive market, providing ride comfort, luxurious ambience and interior space at the same level as the fossil fuel-only LWB version of the 5 Series sedan sold there. Series production of the vehicle is set to begin in China in 2013.