Press previews take place on 16 & 17 April
Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry’s biggest and most important, takes place later this month. The newest additions to just-auto’s world debuts list are from Mercedes-AMG, Nio and Renault.
More information about the following future models can be found by searching PLDB, just-auto’s global vehicle database. Simply click on the link at the end of this list.
Audi AI:me concept: a pure design study meant to show the brand’s vision for autonomous electric cars of the late 2020s.
Audi Q2 L e-tron: this long-wheelbase, fully electric version of the Q2 will be made in China by FAW Volkswagen.
BMW 3 Series Li: extended wheelbase sedan expected to be in production by mid-year at Brilliance-BMW’s Tiexi #1 plant in Shenyang.
BMW X1 xDrive25Le (model code: F49): new battery gives extra range of a claimed up to 110km for this PHEV compared to the original 60km.
BMW X3 M and X4 M (F97 and F98): both powered by a 352kW (479PS) 3.0-litre biturbo in-line six with 598Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. There is another option for each: the more powerful X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition. Their version of the same engine produces 375kW (510PS) with unchanged torque.
Bordrin B31: prototype of an electric, low-cost SUV which FAW will manufacture on this Chinese start-up’s behalf from the first quarter of 2020.
Bordrin C31: details yet to be confirmed.
Buick Encore: no official details as yet.
Buick Encore GX: awaiting official details.
Buick GL8 Avenir concept: no official details but believed to be a preview of a potential autonomous MPV for the 2020s.
Buick LaCrosse facelift: US production ended in February but it continues at the SAIC-GM Jinqiao South plant in Shanghai. The update brings with it the first use of General Motors’ LSY in a Buick. This turbocharged 2.0-litre engine has outputs of 177kW (237hp) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft). A nine-speed automatic gearbox is standard. L3T, a 1.3-litre engine, is expected to be added in 2020.
BYD e1: based on the out of production F0, this 3.5m long EV is powered by a permanent magnet motor which has a stated output of 45kW (61hp).
Chevrolet Onix: a new generation of this small sedan will be manufactured in certain countries, including China, where it will be made by SAIC-GM.
Chevrolet Tracker: details to follow.
Chevrolet Trailblazer: details to follow.
CHJ Automotive Leading Ideal One: this 5,020mm long plug-in hybrid SUV was presented to the media at an event in Beijing during October 2018 as a prototype. This is the pre-production model and it too has a range-extending powertrain. This comprises a dual-motor system consisting of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which charges a large battery. Combined outputs are claimed to be 326hp and 530Nm (390 lb-ft) and the maximum range is said to be 700km (434 miles).
Citroën C3 XR facelift: announced back in January, this is the small SUV’s motor show premiere.
Citroën C4 L facelift: the exterior revisions are minor and the engines are unchanged but the interior comes in for a major update with a far larger touchscreen.
Citroën concept: nothing else is known as yet but the brand confirmed this vehicle in October 2018.
Ford Escape: motor show debut for the new SUV after its world debut earlier in April at an event in Amsterdam. China’s Escape has a unique grille.
Ford Taurus facelift: three and a half years on from this big sedan’s market release comes a mild restyle.
Geely Jihe A: the GE11 project’s production name means ‘Geometry A’. This 4.7m long EV was shown to the media in February and is the first model for the Geely New Energy sub-brand. It has a special silver badge adapted from the usual Geely one, the official name of which is ‘Quantum Silver Shield’.
Geely Jia Ji (or Jiaji): formerly the MPV concept, this is a 4.7m long MPV available with 1.5-, 1.8- and 1.5-litre PHEV powertrains. Development code was VF11.
Geely Xingyue: this 4.6m long coupe-crossover was formerly known only by its FY11 development code. The model name is the same as that of an asteroid.
Haval H6 Coupe facelift: 124kW and 285Nm 1.5-litre turbo engine is also new for this SUV, standard gearbox is a seven-speed DCT.
Honda XR-V facelift: Dongfeng Honda’s version of the HR-V/Vezel gains the equivalent updates which that model had in other markets in 2018.
Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept: Nissan says this is ‘an electrified sports sedan for the future’ and a preview of a forthcoming model
Jetta VA3: the rest of the world’s Jetta is the VW Sagitar in China so FAW Volkswagen can use this model as the basis of its new rival brand for Baojun.
Jetta VS5: as the SEAT brand is not presently available in China, the Ateca is given some changes and turned into this crossover.
Jetta VS7: the SEAT Tarraco gains new front and rear ends as well as other changes and like other Jettas, will be manufactured by FAW Volkswagen in Chengdu.
Karma Revero facelift: it started life long ago as the Fisker Karma, has only been on sale in its present form since May 2017 and now it gains a BMW range extender engine.
Karma Vision concept: unlike the Revero this prototype will be an EV.
Karma Pininfarina collaboration: no details as yet on what exactly this is but the company says it will have three new models at Auto Shanghai.
Lexus LM 350 and LM 300h: reportedly two variants of the brand’s first MPV which may be for China and Taiwan only as this official Facebook posting seems to suggest.
Lynk 02 PHEV: plug-in hybrid version of this SUV joins the 01 PHEV crossover and has the same 1.5-litre petrol engine+one motor.
Lynk 03 PHEV: this sedan has an identical powertrain to the 01 PHEV (crossover) and 02 PHEV (SUV).
Mercedes-AMG A 35 Saloon L: joins the five-door and Saloon and will be powered by the same 225kW (306PS) and 400Nm from a turbocharged 1,991cc four-cylinder engine.
Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB: preview of X247 GLB-Class was first seen in 2014 with the G-Code concept. This new prototype is revealed only months before the production model.
Mitsubishi e-Yi concept: a new name for the Engelberg Tourer concept from the Geneva motor show.
Nio EV: no facts as yet, just a teaser image of what looks like a fastback crossover or SUV. It could be the ET7, a model which is due out in 2020.
Nissan ‘sedan’: likely to be Dongfeng Nissan’s next generation Sylphy which will be more or less the same car as other markets’ Sentra and Pulsar sedans. There is also a chance that Nissan instead means the next generation Sunny will be making its motor show debut: the B segment sedan will be shown at a music festival in the USA on 12 April. In North America, the model name will again be Versa.
Porsche Cayenne Coupé & Cayenne Turbo Coupé: 4,939mm long rival for Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, Audi Q8, Range Rover Sport and BMW X6.
Renault City K-ZE: production version of the Kwid Zero Emissions concept from last year’s Paris motor show. Build will be with Dongfeng Motor via the DRAC joint venture.
Skoda Superb facelift: not confirmed but it is overdue and was a surprising omission at the Geneva show.
Volkswagen e-Bora: SAIC Volkswagen has the e-Lavida and FAW Volkswagen has this equivalent plus the e-Golf. All three have a 100kWh APP290 motor.
Volkswagen e-Lavida: the electric version of China’s best selling vehicle is finally shown to the public in production form, some four years after it was announced.
Volkswagen ID. Roomzz concept: full size electric SUV will become available in China first during 2021.
Wuling Hong Guang V, Hong Guang S and Hong Guang S3 facelifts: SAIC GM Wuling has said nothing about any engine changes but there is a new gearbox.
Xpeng P7: Xiaopeng Automotive Technology’s electric four-door coupe was developed with the project code of E28.
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