From all-electric SUVs to autonomous city cars, we give you a run-down of what you can expect at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show
The Shanghai Motor Show is a reflection of just how much China’s recent automotive boom has accelerated. In recent years, some genuinely high-profile launches have crossed its floor, rivalling those from the likes of Geneva, Paris and Tokyo. The show opens its doors to the world’s press on Tuesday, with the general public given access for a week from Thursday.
Given the Chinese market’s recent affinity for all-electric motoring (helped along by domestic manufacturers such as Lynk & Co and NIO), we’re expecting plenty of zero-emissions and electrified offerings. This year’s complete list of attendees is yet to be announced, but we’ll have boots on the ground at the event to bring you all the latest news as its announced.
Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, ordered alphabetically according to manufacturer…
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• Audi AI:ME concept
Audi revealed the new AI:ME on the eve of the Shaghai show. The concept does not preview a future production model, instead it’s been designed to cope with the “megacities of tomorrow” and showcases the German brand’s view of the future of urban mobility.
• Bentley Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
Bentley celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and, as a result, it’s pushing its products hard. The British firm is planning a packed show stand at Shanghai, featuring the limited edition Mulsanne W.O. Edition, the new Bentayga Hybrid, the third-generation Continental GT and a 1930 Bentley 8 Litre, once owned by the company’s founder, Walter Owen Bentley.
• BMW X3M and X4M
• BMW 3 Series long wheelbase
BMW’s current take on the compact performance SUV market will make public debuts at Shanghai, with two new rivals for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Both the X3M SUV and the mechanically-identical X4M coupe-SUV will feature, offered with either a 476bhp or 506bhp 3.0-litre straight-six petrol, all-wheel-drive and a range of fresh chassis bracing.
The new, long wheelbase 3 Series saloon will also make its debut at Shanghai. Built at BMW’s Shenyang production centre exclusively for the Chinese market, it offers improved rear-seat legroom, a panoramic glass roof and BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant as standard.
• Infiniti Qs Inspiration
Infiniti will debut a new electrified sports saloon concept at Shanghai, influenced by both the firm’s 1989 Q45 saloon and 2018 Q Inspiration concept. It will feature Infiniti’s latest exterior design language and a spacious, clutter-free interior, separated into a driver-focused cockpit and a “relaxed passenger zone.”
• Karma’s ‘Big-Three’ line-up
California-based Karma Automotive has teamed up with the Italian design house Pininfarina, with plans to debut three new models at Shanghai. So far, this low-slung coupe is the only car the firm has teased, but a next-generation Revero saloon and a concept called the Karma Vision are both due for reveal at the show. The pair aim to push Karma onto the global EV marketplace, with a product line-up to rival that of Tesla and NIO.
• Mercedes GLB concept
Mercedes is showing off the latest addition to its growing SUV line-up at Shanghai with a new rival to the BMW X1. Called the GLB, it’s based on the same underpinnings as the firm’s A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks, but outfitted with a squared-off two-box body shell, a taller ride height and a range of rugged exterior plastics. It’s been previewed in concept form, but it will morph into a full production model.
• MINI Clubman facelift
MINI will bring a facelifted version of its barn-doored Volkswagen Golf rival to this year’s Shanghai show. Revisions look likely to be subtle, much like the redesign of the MINI hatch last year. Our exclusive spy shots show a fresh set alloys, new headlights, updated badging and the firm’s union-jack-branded LED tail lights.
• Mitsubishi E-Yi concept
Essentially a re-skinned version of the Engelberg Tourer, the Mitsubishi E-Yi concept is a plug-in hybrid powered, all-wheel-drive, three-row SUV, designed to cope with Shanghai living. The powertrain consists of a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which offers an all-electric range of 43 miles and a total cruising range of over 400 miles.
• New NIO saloon
Chinese manufacturer maker NIO will introduce a new fastback saloon at the show, which will be fully electric. Previewed in teaser form, no name has been announced for the sleek looking five-door coupe, but it will be fully-electric and will join the ES6 and ES8 SUVs in the brand’s line-up.
• Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Porsche recently jumped on the coupe-SUV bandwagon, producing a direct rival for the BMW X6. It’ll make its Asian debut at Shanghai this year, offered with a 330bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol or a turbocharged 534bhp 4.0-litre V8. Styling-wise its gets a more steeply-raked roofline, a redesigned bootlid and a pair of new rear spoilers.
• Renault K-ZE
Renault will globally unveil its new all-electric SUV-inspired city car, called the K-ZE. Due to be built in China, (following the Renault Alliance’s joint venture with Dongfeng), it has a claimed range of 155 miles, making it competitive with the recently-announced Honda e Prototype. It will reach Chinese showrooms in 2019, before being rolled out worldwide.
• Volkswagen ID. Roomzz
• Volkswagen SUV range revealed
Due for launch on the Chinese market in 2021, the ID. Roomzz is a full-sized SUV designed to sit above the ID. Crozz in Volkswagen’s growing all-electric line-up. It’s built on Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB platform and feature configurable interior seating, level four autonomous driving capabilities and a set of rear-opening suicide doors.
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