Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury
If you’re going to explore the boundaries of taste, what better place than the 2018 Beijing motor show where Mercedes-Maybach revealed the brand’s vision of a crossover/saloon. With Stuttgart’s ultimate-level tech on board the concept is worth 750 horsepower from a hybrid system driving all four wheels. Occupants get raised thrones, a lot of rose gold, wood, and white leather — the perfect environment from whence to observe the world beneath you.
Another new brand to make headlines in Beijing is the Hybrid Kinetic line of concepts designed by none other than Pininfarina — the brand followed up its Geneva presence with a Grand Tourer earlier this year with a premiere of the H500 saloon and K350 SUV, both looking quite nifty and sharing electric drivetrains worth 400 horsepower.
Nissan Venucia X
Together with its Chinese partner Dongfeng, Nissan unveiled the Venucia X in Beijing, a big, bold SUV with Range Rover-esque arches (and roofline) and loads of smooth panel work magnifying the car’s size. The dimensions point to a three-row SUV should the Venucia X enter production, although since it’s a Chinese brand it’s unlikely to make it as a global export model.
After something like 80 years BMW has decided to make a big change to the company’s iconic kidney grille shape, and chose the Beijing show to unveil the new iX3 zero emissions crossover wearing the new mug. The Germans say this car will go into production by 2020 entering a hot up and coming EV crossover segment kick started by the new Jaguar I-Pace, and about to be joined by Audi e-trons and Merc EQs.
Haval’s Wey-X looked into the future promising artificial intelligence technology and holographic displays, just not in production any time soon. Naturally it’s a zero emissions concept and naturally the designers decided to give it scissor doors which just goes to show how serious Haval is when it comes to making the Wey-X a reality.
Mercedes A-Class sedan
Having just launched the new A-Class, Mercedes is already embarking on growing the range with a saloon for select markets (although it’s not the upcoming coupé-ish CLA). With a longer wheelbase and a bigger interior space the car is perfect for Chinese customers who gravitate towards bigger cars particularly with big-name brands.
Honda Everus concept
Honda is thinking big for the world’s biggest car market, and just launched an all-new standalone brand, Everus, to market its vehicles in China — at the Beijing show this latest manufacturer made its debut with the Everus EV zero-emissions crossover concept signaling the direction of its upcoming production cars.
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