With Geneva and New York out of the way, the next city to draw the motoring world’s attention is Beijing. China is now the largest new car market on the globe, and although most cars featured in Beijing will be destined for the country’s roads only, there will still be plenty of new vehicle showcases well worth a look. These are the most exciting cars to keep an eye out for at the Beijing Motor Show 2018 when it kicks off on April 25th.
BMW M2 Competition
Beemer’s sporty new two-door M car recently broke cover after images were leaked on a fan site, and we’re expecting the vehicle to get it’s full metal debut in Beijing. It’s thought the model will utilise the M4’s impressive 404bhp S55 engine and clock 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds, before topping out at a limited 155mph. There will be a choice of two gearboxes on offer with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch available.
DS X E-Tense
Futuristic concepts always feature heavily at motorshows and Beijing will be no different. Premium French brand DS will be looking forward to 2035 with the X E-Tense, their vision for the brand in two decades’ time. Details for the new vehicle are thin on the ground, but judging by the promotional video, we’re anticipating something fully electric with a focus on performance.
Mercedes-Maybach GLS Concept
The public’s thirst for SUVs continues to grow exponentially year on year, and this is no different at the premium end of the market either. Mercedes-Maybach will look to expand their roster with a luxurious new GLS, set to land in 2019, and the vehicle will be previewed in Beijing. A bespoke grille design and incredibly lavish interior will feature, as the brand look to take on upcoming SUV competition from Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.
Back in the real world, Chinese-owned manufacturer MG will preview their X-Motion SUV concept which will likely see the light of day in production form next year, although may not make it to the UK and Europe. A side-on image shrouded in shadow reveals little of what to expect, but the vehicle appears to be sporting a sleek profile with a sloping coupe-style roof.
Arguably the most exciting machine on show in Beijing is the home-grown LSEV- or should that be home-printed? The compact city car can be 3D printed by Hong Kong’s XEV in just three days and will sell for only $10k. With a top speed of 43mph the fully electric vehicle might not be winning too many drag races any time soon, but this hyper-efficient production method is surely a vision of the not too distant future.
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