Mercedes-Benz used this past week’s 2017 Shanghai auto show to unveil a concept destined to spawn a new A-Class compact sedan. The concept also shows the latest evolution of the Sensual Purity design language currently employed by Mercedes.
Lynk & Co, the new brand from Chinese automaker Geely, also previewed a compact sedan with a concept in Shanghai. Lynk & Co also used the Chinese show to announce that it cars will come with lifetime—yes, lifetime—warranties.
Another concept previewing an upcoming model was Audi’s e-tron Sportback. Audi is launching an electric SUV in 2018 and this is to be followed a year later by a coupe-like SUV that the e-tron Sportback previews. We’re told that some of the concept’s lines will also make it onto the redesigned A7.
There were production models, too. One of the stars was BMW’s new M4 CS. The car is harder-edged version of the M4 to fill the gap between the standard model and hardcore M4 GTS. The good news is that the car is coming to the United States in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off its updated 2018 S-Class range. The biggest change is in the powertrain department, where all the previous V-8s have been replaced by Mercedes’s latest 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit. This includes the S63 sledgehammer which actually gains power despite downsizing to the smaller engine.
Lexus also had an updated 2018 model, in this case the NX. The compact crossover SUV has been selling well above expectation and to keep the party going Lexus has introduced a round of worthwhile updates.
Jeep surprised us with its Yuntu concept. The seven-seat plug-in hybrid doesn’t preview the upcoming Wagoneer but rather a potential on-road focused crossover SUV for the Chinese market.
Another big surprise was the MG E-Motion concept. The car shows that MG, now under Chinese ownership, hasn’t forgotten its sports car past. The electric concept proved so popular at its unveil that MG officials are now talking production.
Another supposedly production-bound electric car concept in Shanghai was the Qoros Model K-EV. The electric sedan previews a Tesla Model S rival coming in 2019 and has an oddball asymmetric door system that includes three different door designs, one of which is a large gullwing.
Another electric car concept that we know is destined to spawn a production model was Volkswagen’s I.D. Crozz. The concept previews the SUV member of VW’s upcoming electric car family, the first member of which will be a Golf-sized hatch arriving in 2020.