5 Series Plug-in Hybrid Spied

BMW is readying its first hybrid sedan, which is set to his Chinese showrooms later this year.

BMW displayed a 5 Series plug-in hybrid concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, featuring a 92hp electric motor coupled with a 214 hp turbocharged internal combustion engine. That car is seemingly en route to production with these spy shots revealing BMW engineers winter testing a prototype. The giveaway that this is a hybrid is the fuel door hiding the charging port, which has a red sticker plastered over it warning of "high voltage" and reminding the driver not to open the charging port.

In line with the refreshed 5-series range, the hybrid will sport a new front and rear fascia, as well as updated headlights and taillights. In concept form, the 5 Series plug-in managed a 47-mile electric range at speeds under 37 mph but two years on we fully expect BMW to have improved on these figures. The car is reportedly on schedule to hit Chinese showrooms this year.

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