BMW engineers are out and about testing a new 5-Series plug-in hybrid that is on schedule to be in production this year and reportedlu available only in China.
The plug-in hybrid was first unveiled as a prototype concept at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, and when it hits the market, it’ll sport the facelifted 5-Series front end. When it was displayed in concept form, the 5-Series plug-in had an electric range of 47 miles at speeds under 37 mph. Chances are, BMW has made some improvements in that department since.
Despite the size of the BMW 5-Series, the German automaker also announced at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show that the plug-in hybrid manages 250 miles on a single charge and tank of gas and is powered by a parallel hybrid setup with a 215-hp engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electrical motor with a maximum output of 94 hp.
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