These are the cars to expect in China this week

The Beijing motor show opens its doors this week to play host to some of the biggest reveals of the year.

While many show stands will feature China-only metal, several global brands will use this stage in the world’s biggest new car market to show their latest models. Chinese motor shows also tend to feature some of the most cutting-edge technology.

Below, we run through the cars to expect at the 2018 Beijing motor show.


BMW has released two preview images of the iX3, which is due on sale next year following a Beijing motor show reveal, although it's already been caught testing by our spy photographers. The car will be BMW's first all-electric SUV and a rival to the Jaguar I-Pace.

BMW M2 Competition

This car enjoyed an early limelight thanks to a sales brochure leak, but it's now been revealed officially ahead of a public debut in Beijing. The M2 Competition uses the S55 twin-turbocharged engine of the M3 and produces 405bhp – a 40bhp boost on the previous model.

Hybrid Kinetic Group K350 and H500

Hybrid Kinetic Group will reveal two more Pininfarina-designed electric models this month that use micro-turbine range-extender technology. The K350 SUV and H500 saloon (above) will follow the Hong Kong company's HK GT coupé, H600 saloon and K550 and K750 SUVs.

Lexus ES

The new ES has been revealed ahead of its debut at the Beijing motor show. It's due to arrive in Britain as a replacement for the GS.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

Mercedes's upcoming rival to the Audi A3 Saloon has been leaked onto the internet via a single image, but it's not due for official reveal until the Beijing show kicks off.

Mercedes-Maybach GLS

Mercedes-Maybach has previewed a new concept that it will reveal in Beijing that is believed to be a precursor to the GLS SUV. The concept will be followed by a production model later this year.

MG X-Motion

Chinese-owned MG will reveal a new SUV concept to inspire a future production model set to hit roads in 2019. It’s not confirmed for Britain, but a UK spokesman told Autocar that the model could be introduced here in the future.

Skoda Kamiq

Skoda will reveal a China-only SUV in Beijing. The model, called the Kamiq, will sit below the Karoq and join a line-up tasked with doubling sales in the Chinese market to 600,000 units by 2020.


The world’s first 3D-printed car will be shown in public at the Beijing show before it makes production in 2019. Only a few components, such as the chassis, glass windscreen and tyres, are made using conventional methods. The rest are printed, drastically reducing waste and enhancing efficiency.

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Our Verdict

The Audi Q3 is a desirable and capable contender that fails to engage its driver, which ultimately, leaves it trailing the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque

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13 April 2018

NIO and the ES8 will be there as well. 

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