The Germans from BMW alongside their Chinese folks from Brilliance will reveal at Shanghai a special hybrid version of the current 5 Series generation, a model dedicated to the Chinese market. The BMW Brilliance New Energy Vehicle as they called the model, comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo developing 215 horsepower but also with a 93-horsepower electric engine that offers a full-electric driving range of 75 kilometers.
However, using the model as a plug-in hybrid, the petrol engine increases the driving range to more than 400 kilometers, quite enough considering the average distance that a driver travels every day.
BMW also announced that the New Energy Vehicle is scheduled to enter the market somewhere in 2013, the plug-in hybrid being designed just for the Chinese customers.
Another fact to be mentioned is that the BMW Brilliance hybrid is based on the long-wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series F10, a version that is also designed exclusively for the Chinese market. Further details are on their way as the debut of the Shanghai Auto Show is very close.