Shanghai Motor Show 2017: preview and pre-show information

The 2017 edition of the Shanghai Motor Show is just around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know

The Shanghai Motor Show has grown to become one of the biggest motor industry events over the last few years. No longer is it just an excuse to giggle at the show’s trademark copycat cars – big launches from big carmakers, just as at Geneva, Tokyo and New York, are a given every year now, and 2017 will be no exception.

Once a small player, the boom of the Chinese car market means the show’s importance has grown significantly as manufacturers invest billions into models aimed at the Asian market. Mercedes, Citroen, BMW and Skoda all have new cars lined up for the show, alongside growing Chinese marques such as Lynk & Co – Geely’s new global brand.

The event kicks off later this month with the press day scheduled for April 19, and we’ll be  providing exclusive pictures of this year’s most important reveals. Here, you’ll find everything we know before the show gets underway.

BMW

From Bavaria to China, BMW will be heading over to Shanghai with a faster and more outlandish M4. 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 the show for technical specs.

Citroen

Citroen C5 Aircross
The French manufacturer will be drawing in the crowds with a production version of the Aircross Concept shown at Shanghai 2015. Taking a radical departure from the outgoing C5 saloon, the C5 Aircross 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 expected in the show model.

Lexus

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 “andd 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 first production model debut is expected at Shanghai, with the ’01’ premium SUV designed to cater for both Western and Eastern markets. World-beating connectivity tech is promised, as is a line-up of electrified powertrains.

Mercedes

Mercedes S-Class 2018
Nothing is confirmed yet, though the rumour mill is circulating that Mercedes will use the Shanghai Motor Show to debut the updated 2018 model year S-Class. While the exterior isn’t expected to change radically, the biggest news is a suite of advanced autonomous technology to bring the flagship saloon above and beyond the E-Class.

Skoda

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.