Find info on all the important new cars set to be revealed at the Shanghai motor show here
China’s motor shows grow bigger every year, keeping pace not only with a growing car industry but also the importance of the Chinese market to American, European and other Far-Eastern car manufacturers.
Alternating each year with the Beijing motor show, for 2017 it’s Shanghai’s turn. Most of the major manufacturers now exhibit in Shanghai, though domestic marques are taking greater and greater priority every year – not least because Chinese car firms and investment groups hold ever greater sway outside the country.
evo will be reporting live from the show floor at the 2017 event – and we’ll be keeping this page updated as more vehicles are revealed both in the run up to the show and during Auto Shanghai itself.
When is the 2017 Shanghai motor show?
Auto Shanghai 2017, or the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, opens to the public between April 21 and April 28, 2017 – though April 19-20 are the official press days, so that’s when the majority of the show’s exhibits will first be revealed.
Where is the 2017 Shanghai motor show?
Since 2015 the Shanghai motor show has been held at the National Centre for Exhibition and Convention. Chances are you probably won’t be visiting yourself (unless of course you’re reading this from China), but it’s easily accessible from the adjacent Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
2017 Shanghai motor show – key cars
One of few manufacturers (so far) not to be pushing a new crossover or SUV in Shanghai, BMW will have something a little more exciting in the form of a hotter version of its M4 sports coupe.
> Read our BMW M4 GTS review here
The car is expected to sit between the standard M4 and the hardcore M4 GTS, and may use the “CS” moniker most fondly remembered from the back of the E46-generation M3 CS, itself a car that sat between the standard M3 and the CSL. We should see more power, a tweaked chassis and more dramatic visuals – expect more information soon.
At 2015’s Shanghai show, Citroen showed off a crossover concept dubbed Aircross – and at this year’s show, we should see a production version of that car.
It’ll be badged C5 Aircross, giving you an indication of where it’ll sit in Citroen’s rapidly improving lineup – and will effectively replace the regular C5, with French manufacturers finally abandoning larger, slow-selling saloons in most markets. Most markets apart from China, that is – most of subsidiary Dongfeng-Citroen’s lineup is made up of saloons and crossovers.
Lynk & Co
You might not have heard of Lynk & Co – it hasn’t really been on evo’s radar so far – but you may well have heard of Geely Automotive, the Chinese manufacturer that owns both Volvo and the London Taxi Company.Lynk & Co is a brand that fills the space in Geely’s lineup between its standard passenger cars and the more luxurious Volvo products, and its first production vehicle, the Qashqai-sized 01, will be at Shanghai. It’s based on a new platform that will also underpin Volvo’s next V40, S40 and XC40 crossover. Lynk & Co says the 01 will be aimed at the tech-savvy, and will initially come with Volvo-derived powertrains.
It’s only rumoured at this stage, but Mercedes is expected to launch a revised S-class luxury saloon at the Chinese show. Updated for the 2018 model year, we can expect small detail changes to the exterior and interior, but the real alterations will be under the skin.
> Read our full review of the current Mercedes-AMG S63
Continuing improvements in autonomous driving technology means the current S-class is almost shown-up by its smaller E-class sibling, so the biggest advancements to the refreshed S will be in this area.
Shanghai will serve as the launch venue for the most potent version of Mini’s Countryman, in the form of the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman. Revealed earlier this year, the JCW Countryman uses the same 2-litre turbocharged four as other JCWs, making 228bhp and getting to 62mph in 6.5sec.
There are chassis improvements too, naturally sending power to all four wheels and using adjustable dampers to sharpen up the JCW’s handling. Unusually for such a car, a manual gearbox is still available.
Skoda has just revealed sketches of a concept car it’s set to reveal in Shanghai. Called the Vision E, it is of course an electric vehicle – a category really taking off in China, following a fairly slow start – and also ticks the box on another recent automotive trope, that of the coupe-like SUV.
Cynicism aside the sketches are actually fairly promising, showing a sharply-styled form that seems far more attractive than existing coupe-esque SUVs (step forward, Mercedes GLE Coupe and BMW M4), while the car’s frontal aspect seems to echo that of Skoda’s existing regular SUV, the Kodiaq. The concept is all-wheel drive via two electric motors, with a claimed output of 302bhp and claimed range of 310 miles.
Not a Chinese firm, but an American one: VLF Automotive has Henrik Fisker and Bob Lutz behind it, and true to names most often associated with performance cars and enormous American brands, its Shanghai offering will be a powerful roadster.
> Read more about the VLF Force 10 Roadster here
It’s based on the Dodge Viper, and uses the Viper’s 8.4-litre V10 – with 745bhp and 638lb ft, high performance is a given. The styling shouldn’t come as too much of a shock either, since it’s effectively a roadster version of the Force 10 supercar unveiled last year.