Chinese motor shows tend to attract more interest (and amusement) for the cheap tacky rip-offs of quality, legitimate models than new cars we’d seriously consider driving over here (remember Evoque-esque LandWind X7?)

That has changed in recent years and 2018’s Auto China – aka the Beijing Motor Show – is parading some brilliant new cars. Here are some of our favourites:

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

It’s basically the fourth-gen hatchback but with a boot tacked on the back and more legroom for rear passengers. You could accuse us of being reductive, but that’s all there is to this shrimpy C-Class.

Mercedes A-Class Saloon Front Side1

A spacious cabin in the rear is highly valued in China, hence why Mercedes has opted to reveal the ‘A-Class L Saloon’ there. It’ll launch in China before the end of the year before arriving in the UK early 2019.

Read more on the A-Class Saloon here

BMW iX3

It’s the X3 you know and love but this time, it’s electric. The iX3 will have some daunting ready-made rivals to face down when it arrives in 2020 because waiting for it will be the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

BMW iX3 front

Audi’s e-tron electric SUV is also due to arrive before the end of 2018 and Mercedes’ EQC won’t be too far behind it. So that’s four major competitors it’ll have to beat right off the bat.

BMW iX3 Charger

As this is only a concept for now, figures are loose, but a 249-mile range is being touted around and it’ll have to deliver some swift charging times to rival the Audi e-tron.

BMW iX3 rear

Following the iX3’s introduction, BMW says it’ll be able to fit an all-electric powertrain into any new series model, effectively electrifying its entire range.

A second electric Mini

We already know the electric three-door Mini E is coming in 2019, but a second electric Mini is being developed just for the Chinese market.

Electric Mini Front

Mini has effectively been forced to do this because tight regulations on electric vehicles in China mean that the Mini E can’t be exported to the region. In most cases, a brand would just write it off but China is Mini’s fourth-largest market and buys more electric vehicles than any other country; put simply, it can’t be ignored.

Electric Mini Front Light

Time will tell what this second electric Mini will look like…

McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection

Chinese fashion designer Ziming Yang, known as Mr Cabbeen, has teamed up with McLaren to produce a super-limited run of five cars.

McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection fornt side

The McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection will boast “distinctive Chinese classic design elements” such as gold-painted dragon motifs dotted around the car. You’ll find them on the doors, embroidered into the Alcantara centre console beneath the infotainment system and on the rear luggage deck.

McLaren 570GT MSO Cabbeen Collection Rear

It’s all styling though, no changes have been made to the engine or how it’ll run – so just the same old 562bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged unit then…

DS X E-Tense

This is what DS thinks its cars will look like in 2035 and Blade Runner fans are sure to approve.

DS X E-TENSE FRONT SIDE

Unlike some futuristic concepts, it still has a steering wheel and pedals, but conventional head and tail lights have been replaced by an intricate LED structure embedded into the X E-Tense’s bodywork.

DS X E-TENSE FRONT LIGHTS

In normal mode, the car will pump out a maximum power output of 533bhp, but flicking to ‘circuit mode’ more than double that to 1,341bhp.

BMW M2 Competition

M2 not quick enough for you? This version delivers a 39bhp power upgrade, to 404bhp and shaving its 0-62mph sprint to 4.2 seconds, while including the M Driver package removes the electronically limited 155mph speed cap to allow speeds of up to 170mph.

BMW M5 Front

Brakes are upgraded to handle this extra grunt and the chassis has been revised too.

Read more on the M2 Competition here

 

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