The Shanghai motor show is one of the biggest dates in the motoring calendar, and attracts domestic and international marques alike.
China’s biggest day in the automotive calendar is approaching, and the list of models expected to appear is growing
The Shanghai motor show is one of the world’s largest, with a list of exhibitors longer than most others in the motor show ranks.
As Chinese manufacturers and marques from around the world try to capture the attention of the lucrative Chinese market, all eyes turn to the Shanghai show, which this year takes place between 21 and 28 April.
Shanghai motor show 2017 – the cars
BMW’s harder version of the M4 takes the brand’s legendary CS badge. Originally planned for the Spanish market alone, the hardened M4 (or softened M4 GTS) will be offered in further markets following its Shanghai appearance.
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Citroën C5 Aircross
Previewed at the Geneva motor show in design sketches revealed by CEO Linda Jackson, the C5 Aircross is Citroën’s long overdue rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. Styling is expected to differ only slightly from the sketches, while the model will continue the C5 nameplate.
Lexus NX facelift
Lexus’ rival to the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC is getting a mid-life refresh, which we’ll first see at the Shanghai motor show. Lexus isn’t giving much away, but promises interior tech and convenience features in addition to the exterior tweaks.
The inaugural car from Geely’s new Lynk&Co brand, the 01 SUV, will be the “most connected car to date” and is based on the underpinnings of its as-yet-unborn cousin, the Volvo XC40. It’ll be followed by 02 and 03 models, but will kickstart what Geely hopes will be a prolific brand for a new generation of car owners.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon
Mercedes doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to new niches, and it’s hot on the heels of the Audi A3 Saloon with the A-Class Saloon heading for Shanghai. The car we’ll see won’t be a production version, more a near production-ready concept, but the final version shouldn’t stray too far from it. The popularity of BMW’s China-only 1 Series Saloon makes Shanghai the most likely location for the A-Class Saloon’s debut, although it’s not yet officially confirmed.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift
Merc’s biggest saloon will also get a Shanghai motor show debut, and will be the most highly autonomous car the brand has produced yet. We’ve already taken a ride in one, but the full refreshed exterior, new interior and tech updates will all be revealed in Shanghai. You can read about those in more detail here.
Mini‘s first electrified model goes on sale in June, after being revealed in Shanghai. No word on pricing has yet been released, but expect it to carry a premium over the standard Countryman. The car’s powertrain could provide an electric-only range of up to 30 miles.
Qoros has teamed up with Koenigsegg to produce the Super EV concept; a 310-mile-range, four-door, four-seat supercar. Few details have been released of the car, so we’ll have to wait until show day to find out more.
The third Volkswagen Group SUV, called the Vision E, is due to appear at Shanghai 2017 comes from Skoda, and will be a concept precursor to the brand’s first electric vehicle. It’ll go on sale around the end of the decade, following the launch of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the Superb hatchback.
We’ve seen the £215,500 VLF Force 1 coupé, and Shanghai will be the time for the roadster version to come to the fore. It’ll be priced significantly above its coupé sibling, although no details have yet been released – only a vague preview sketch of the car’s design.
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Volkswagen I.D SUV
Volkswagen’s I.D electric vehicle offensive continues, with what, given the current market climate, could prove to be the best-seller of the range. It follows the ID hatchback and ID Buzz concepts, which all use the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric vehicle platform.
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