The hybrid will be a plug-in hybrid type and will be built upon the BMW 5 Series long wheelbase platform that is currently on sale in China. Dr Reithofer says the car will be built in China, for China, saying,
"This model will be our e-car from China for China. This car will benefit from the strength and excellent reputation of the BMW brand.”
BMW hasn't released any technical specifications on the car although it will more likely than not feature the 3.0-litre twin-turbo six paired with an electric motor. Later announcements will have to confirm.
Auto Shanghai 2011 will commence on April 19 and run until April 28. The show will also host the first official unveiling of the new BMW M5, the 2011 BMW 1 Series and the new Mini Coupe.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on any prior announcements.