BMW has introduced the 530Le at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China where the model will be exclusively available.

BMW has introduced the 530Le at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in China where the model will be exclusively available.

On the outside it looks virtually the same as a conventional-powered 5-Series with the exception of the extra cap on the left side of the rear bumper and the "530 Le" badge on the trunk. It's a China only version set to be manufactured by the Brilliance-BMW joint venture and is powered by a four-cylinder N20 engine working with an electric motor and a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The regular engine generates 242 bhp (180 kW) and together with the electric motor it provides the plug-in hybrid 5-Series with a combined output of 272 bhp (203 kW). More importantly, the vehicle has an average fuel consumption of only 2.1 liters / 100 km (112 mpg US or 134.5 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. It can also be driven in electric mode for up to 58 km (36 miles) during which it can hit a top speed of 120 km/h (74 mph).

The BMW 530Le is scheduled to enter production next year in Shenyang, Liaoning Province and it will be offered only in the long wheelbase version.

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