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Shanghai Motor Show 2017: latest news

Auto Express logo Auto Express 27/03/2017 Lawrence Allan

The 2017 Shanghai Motor Show has opened its doors, with a plethora of new models and concept cars set to be unveiled by some of the world’s biggest and best-known manufacturers. Gone are the days where the annual event in Shanghai was merely an excuse to laugh at China’s copycat vehicles: some genuinely high-profile launches make this a show to rival those in Geneva, Tokyo and New York.

The boom in the Chinese car market has played a huge part in making the Shanghai Motor Show a very important event on the motor industry’s calendar, with billions being invested into the Asian market. Mercedes, Citroen, BMW and Skoda all have new cars lined up for the show, while emerging, native marques like Lynk & Co - Geely’s new global brand - have concepts debuting too.

Our team is on the floor in Shanghai, digging out scoops and snapping exclusive pictures of this year’s biggest releases. Below is a round-up of all the important news from each manufacturer: simply revisit this page for all the latest updates as they arrive...

Shanghai Motor Show 2017: manufacturers A to Z


From Bavaria to China, BMW will unveiling a faster, more outlandish M4 in Shanghai. Expected to use the CS nametag, it'll sit in the middle ground between the standard M4 and the GTS racing car, with an aggressive bodykit, tweaked chassis and more power expected. Official details are scarce, so we'll have to wait until technical specs are released.


Citroen C5 Aircross

The French manufacturer has already begun to draw the crowds in Shanghai with a production version of the Aircross Concept, which was first shown in Shanghai in 2015. The Citroen C5 Aircross will take a radical departure from the outgoing C5 saloon, and will be a family SUV related to the Peugeot 5008. It'll rival cars like the Nissan X-Trail, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain on the way.



• Lexus NX facelift

Lexus' now three-year-old NX crossover is set for a refresh and the brand has announced that it will make its debut in China. We don't have much to go on in terms of details, but the NX's "expressive styling" will be given a onceover and the brand has promised improvements to the interior that will "and convenience and functionality."

Lynk & Co

• Lynk & Co 01

Geely will be a familiar name to Volvo fans, but the Chinese giant has also launched 'Lynk & Co' as a standalone global car brand. The 01 premium SUV is the company’s first production model, designed to cater for both Western and Eastern markets with world-beating connectivity tech promised along with a line-up of electrified powertrains. The 03 Concept saloon has also been unveiled.


• Mercedes S-Class 2018

Mercedes has got the ball rolling at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show with the Concept A Sedan, which previews the next generation of the Mercedes A-Class. It’s longer, narrower and taller than the existing hatch, with the only familiar design feature coming from the Panamericana grille. Elsewhere, rumour has it that Mercedes will use Shanghai to launch their 2018 S-Class, complete with radical autonomous technology. Watch this space.


Renault R.S 2027 Vision concept  

Renault is set to present its futuristic vision of what Formula 1 could look like ten years down the line by unveiling the R.S 2027 Vision concept, teased here. The teaser image previews new tech such as LED lights integrated into the front wing, and what looks like a glass canopy over the cockpit. It also suggests that Renault - which rejoined the Formula 1 grid as a full works team in 2016 - plans to stick around in the sport for some time.


Skoda Vision E SUV concept car

The Czech carmaker has given the Shanghai Motor Show an electric shock, as it has revealed its first EV to the world. It's called the Vision E, and has taken the shape of a sleek coupe-SUV. Based on the Kodiaq, the Vision E is powered by two electric motors producing 302bhp combined.

We'll bring you all the latest news from Shanghai as it happens on this page...

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