2018 Beijing Auto Show: Vehicle Coverage
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 01:00

The Lexus ES will make use of a 3.5L V-6 with 302 hp / 267 lb ft of torque - up 34 hp and 19 lb ft thanks to a new version of Toyota’s D4-S fuel injection system.Owners will also be able to use their smartphone as the vehicle's key, and they can also authorize others to use the car through their phones.The press days for the 2018 Beijing Auto Show are set to occur on April 25th and 26th, followed by a public show that will run through May 4th of 2018.

Beijing Auto Show Logo

"Ever since its inception in 1990, Beijing Auto International has been held in Beijing every two years. It has been successfully held for 14 consecutive years. It has become an auto exhibition with a wide range of international influences."

More details can be found at the official website for the Beijing show.

AutoKnowledge Coverage

To view the AutoKnowledge coverage from the show you may load the 2018 Beijing Auto Show saved workspace in our Vehicle Information Center.

Acting as a quick overview of what was released at the show - and a guide to what content will be available - is this list that will be updated live as we integrate our images, OEM press kit images, and OEM press releases from the show into our Vehicle Information Center.

Click here to see the below list of vehicles covered as a webpage...

Vehicle Name Level of Change Image Status Press Release Status Trim Level Captured Comment
Ford Escort 19 Sedan China Refresh Integrated Integrated Titanium 125 1.0L turbo I-3 6-Spd AT FWD Sedan Ford refreshed the styling and interior design of the Escort sedan sold in China. Powertrains include a 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 or an all-new 1.5L Ti-VCT I-4 engine.
Ford Focus 19 5-Door China Redesign Integrated Integrated ST Line 180 1.5L turbo I-4 8-Spd AT FWD 5-Door Ford has redesigned the Focus family of vehicles on a new compact platform that will underpin future vehicles from subcompact hatchbacks up to models the size of the Edge.
Ford Focus 19 Sedan China Redesign Integrated Integrated Titanium 180 1.5L turbo I-4 8-Spd AT FWD Sedan Ford has redesigned the Focus family of vehicles on a new compact platform that will underpin future vehicles from subcompact hatchbacks up to models the size of the Edge.
BMW iX3 Electric Concept Concept Integrated Integrated BMW iX3 Electric Concept BMW's iX3 Concept will be all-electric and preview a new entry to BMW's 'i' sub-brand. It will likely be a CUV like the X3 but it may end up as a tall hatchback like the 3-Series Gran Turismo.
Buick Enspire Concept Concept Integrated Integrated Buick Enspire Concept The Enspire is an all-electric crossover concept from Buick with a 410 kW (550 hp) motor and a claimed 370 mile driving range. The design warps the horizontal bar from current Buick grilles into an element that spans the entire hood shutline and merges with slim headlamps. Those headlamps look like Buick's LED running lamp condensed down to a single unit.
Jeep Grand Commander 19 China Debut Integrated N/A Grand Commander 2.0L turbo I-4 9-Spd AT 4x4 The Grand Commander is a Chinese market SUV - styling was previewed by the Yuntu Concept.
Chevrolet FNR-X Concept Concept Integrated N/A Chevrolet FNR-X Concept
Lexus ES 19 Sedan China Redesign Integrated Integrated ES 350 F Sport 3.5L V-6 8-Spd AT FWD Sedan The ES moves to the TNGA platform that underpins the Camry and also sees updated spindle grille styling.
Mazda CX-8 19 China Debut Integrated Captured CX-8 2.2L turbodiesel I-4 6-Spd AT AWD The CX-8 has only been introduced in Japan - the 2018 Beijing show is the first to introduce it to another market.
Acura CDX 19 Hybrid China Alt Energy Integrated Integrated CDX 1.5L I-4 2-Spd CVT AWD Acura is adding a hybrid version of the Chinese market CDX - a premium crossover he size of the HR-V.
Geely Concept Icon Concept Integrated Integrated Geely Concept Icon Geely's Concept Icon is an all electric crossover built on the Volvo XC40's platform.
Honda Everus Electric Concept Concept Integrated Integrated Honda Everus Electric Concept Honda will show an all electric concept built with one of it's local production partners, GAC.
Honda Inspire Concept Concept Integrated N/A Honda Inspire Concept Honda will show off a concept sedan targeting the Chinese market., built with Dongfeng.
JAC iEV A50 18 China Debut Integrated N/A iEV A50 Electric 1-Spd AT FWD The iEV A50 is an all electric compact sedan close to the Renault Megane in overall dimensions. JAC is targeting 311 miles of range.
Audi A8 19 LWB Sedan China Bodystyle Integrated Integrated A8 55 L 3.0L turbo V-6 8-Spd AT AWD LWB Sedan Audi is adding a long wheelbase variant to the redesigned A8 in the Chinese market.
Audi Q5 18 LWB China Bodystyle Integrated N/A Q5 L 2.0L turbo I-4 7-Spd DCT AWD Audi is adding a long wheelbase variant to the Q5 in the Chinese market.
Buick Velite 6 19 5-Door Plug-In Hybrid China Debut Integrated Integrated Velite 6 1.5L I-4 1-Spd AT FWD Plug-In Hybrid Buick will be adding two new Velite 6 models - a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version. The Velite nameplate is currently used on a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt sold in China.
Jaguar XEL 18 Sedan China Bodystyle Integrated Integrated XE L 2.0L turbo I-4 8-Spd AT RWD Sedan Jaguar is introducing a long-wheelbase version of the XE sedan to assist in expanding sales in China.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 LWB Sedan China Bodystyle Integrated Integrated A 200 L 1.3L turbo I-4 7-Spd DCT FWD LWB Sedan First look at the sedan bodystyle of the redesigned A-Class. This will be a longer-wheelbase version, the US will see the sedan with a normal wheelbase. Also has newest MBUX infotainment.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 19 LWB Sedan China Bodystyle Integrated Integrated C 300 L 2.0L turbo I-4 9-Spd AT RWD LWB Sedan The C-Class L will be a China specific model whose wheelbase is stretched over 3" compared to the normal C-Class.
Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury Concept Concept Integrated Integrated Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury Concept Premium Maybach model with new sedan styling cues stretched over large CUV dimensions.
MG X-Motion Concept Concept Integrated Integrated MG X-Motion Concept Large sporty CUV concept from MG Motors.
Nissan Electric CUV Concept Concept Captured N/A Nissan Electric CUV Concept Nissan is revealing an all-electric CUV concept in Beijing.
Nissan Sylphy 19 Sedan Electric China Alt Energy Integrated Integrated Sylphy Electric 1-Spd AT FWD Sedan Nissan is adding an electric version of the Sylphy sedan for China. In addition to an all-electric powertrain this new version gains front end styling that mimics the new Nissan Leaf.
Nissan Terra 19 China Debut Integrated N/A Terra 2.3L turbodiesel I-4 7-Spd AT 4x4 Navara-based body-on-frame SUV for the Chinese market.
Skoda Kamiq 19 China Debut Integrated Integrated Kamiq 1.5L I-4 7-Spd AT FWD The Kamiq is a new China-only crossover that will use a naturally-aspirated 1.5L gasoline engine and slot below the Karoq in Skoda's lineup.
Volkswagen Lavida Plus 19 Sedan China Redesign Integrated Integrated 280 TSI 1.4L turbo I-4 6-Spd AT FWD Sedan The Lavida, an MQB platform-based sedan sold overseas, is redesigned with styling cues from the Arteon.
Volkswagen Touareg 19 China Redesign Integrated Integrated Touareg 3.6L V-6 8-Spd AT AWD Despite discontinuing the Touareg in the US, VW has redesigned it for other markets. It features a premium design, drawing more from the Arteon than the new Atlas model.
Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept Concept Integrated N/A Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Concept
Volkswagen CC 19 5-Door China Redesign Integrated Integrated CC 2.0L turbo I-4 7-Spd DCT FWD 5-Door
Volvo S90 Ambience Concept Concept Integrated Integrated Volvo S90 Ambience Concept Volvo is showing another interior concept, this one aimed at creating unique 'moods'. There are multiple themes with their own scent, Bowers and Wilkings audio settings, and lighting show displayed on the ceiling.
Volvo XC40 19 Plug-In Hybrid China Alt Energy N/A N/A T5 Inscription 1.5L turbo I-3 8-Spd AT AWD Plug-In Hybrid Volvo is showing a plug-in hybrid 'Twin Engine' XC40 in Beijing.
Buick Velite 6 19 5-Door Electric China Debut N/A Integrated
Buick will be adding two new Velite 6 models - a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version. The Velite nameplate is currently used on a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt sold in China.
DS X E-Tense Concept Concept N/A Integrated

Ford Focus 19 Wagon China Redesign N/A Integrated
Ford has redesigned the Focus family of vehicles on a new compact platform that will underpin future vehicles from subcompact hatchbacks up to models the size of the Edge.
Geely SX11 19 China Debut N/A N/A
The SX11 is a new B-segment CUV rom Geely with sporty styling and a choice of two small turbocharged engines.
Hyundai i20 19 5-Door China Refresh N/A Integrated
Hyundai has refreshed the i20 - a 5-Door hatch sold in Europe that shares a platform with our Kia Rio, as well as the Kia Stonic and Hyundai Kona.
Hyundai Lafesta 19 Sedan China Debut N/A Integrated

Kia K5 19 Plug-In Hybrid China Bodystyle N/A Integrated


Here we will have a few of the auto show highlights with some details about each vehicle:

Debuts:

Buick Velite 6

2019 Buick Velite 6 Electric / Plug-In Hybrid: Buick will be adding two new Velite 6 models - a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version. The Velite nameplate is currently used on a Buick version of the Chevrolet Volt sold in China.

The PHEV and battery-electric versions look nearly identical, with a wide stance, plenty of creases and a hatchback design that bears some similarities to the longer 2018 Regal TourX wagon.

Both models get cloud-based Buick eConnect technology allowing for over-the-air software updates, real-time integration with China's WeChat social media network, and other more. Owners will also be able to use their smartphone as the vehicle's key, and they can also authorize others to use the car through their phones.

The PHEV Velite 6 uses two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors, a lithium-ion battery and a 1.5L I-4 to produce a combined driving range of 435 miles. Later on Buick will introduce the Velite 6 electric model which "will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience."

Jeep Grand Commander 19

2019 Jeep Grand Commander:  Jeep has launched a new 3-row CUV for the Chinese market - the Grand Commander. The Grand Commander is the production version of the Yuntu Concept that was shown at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. 

The Grand Commander retains many of the overall lines that debuted on the Yuntu, but the changes made for production mean that is fits right in with the styling of Jeep's eisting models. There is a seven-slot grille with more rounded shapes than on the Grand Cherokee, and slimmer headlamps as well - The Grand Commander meshes a sloping windshield with a long roofline and nearly vertical D-pillar. The resulting look is CUV up front and traditional SUV in the rear - a move that adds to the available headroom for 3rd row passengers. 

The dashboard of the Grand Commander takes the shapes similar to the Grand Cherokee and adds stylized metal HVAC vents, a skinnier look to the central IP, and cupholders that sit behind the shift lever. Between all three rows there is seating for seven passengers.

There will be a 2.0L turbocharged I-4 available to power the Grand Commander, but specifics have not yet been released.


Redesigns / Refreshes:

Ford Focus

2019 Ford Focus: Ford has redesigned the Focus family of vehicles on the new C2 compact platform that will underpin future vehicles - potentially from subcompact hatchbacks all the way up to models the size of the Edge. This new Focus will be available as a sedan, wagon, 5-door hatchback, and as an 'Active' model with a slight lift and crossover design cues. Ford recently announced they are dropping all cars from their lineup apart from the Mustang and the new Focus Active. This means the US market will not see the sedan, wagon, or normal height hatchback. Trims will include sporty ST-Line versions and the luxury-focused Vignale. Due to the platform change, the Focus will drop as much as 194 pounds compared to the older model, despite a two inch longer wheelbase and a 20% improvement in torsional rigidity.

Ford is seeking to make the Focus a more premium offering - the overall design relies more on softer surface transitions and the greenhouse is more sculpted. Out back there are taillamps with a more traditional shape than the outgoing model. The design also contributes to new class-leading drag coefficients for the Focus - 0.250 for the sedan and 0.273 for the hatchback.

The new Focus brings additional tech like adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition, headlights with predictive brightness based on bends in the road, automatic parking, and a system that uses radar and camera to maneuver around objects at city speeds if a potential collision is detected. A heads-up display is available, as is park-out assist and post-crash braking assist, and owners can make use of FordPass Connect on their smartphone to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, initiate remote start (on automatic-equipped vehicles), check the vehicle's status including oil life, fuel levels, and more.

The new Focus receives a rotary shift knob on the center console for automatic-equipped trims and sees a dashboard bisected by trim running from the instrument cluster to the passenger side HVAC vent. There are premium materials used throughout and better detailing on areas like the door panels and IP. 

In China, engines include two gasoline choices - a 1.0L turbo I-3 and a 1.5L I-4 - and two diesel choices - a 1.5L I-4 and a 2.0L I-4. Europe will see similar engines available in even more states of tune. 

Lexus ES 19 Sedan

2019 Lexus ES 19 Sedan: The ES has been redesigned with the intent to add a sporty character to the line. Underpinning the ES is Lexus' Global Architecture-K platform - said to be a rigid front-drive platform that will help imbue the ES with better handling characteristics. 

The new ES is lower and wider than before, with a large spindle-grille that protrudes further forward, lending the ES a longer hoodline in the process. F-Sport models will have additional touches to separate them from the normal ES 350.

The new ES 350 offers Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa car-to-home and home-to-car communications, and on-board Wi-Fi powered by Verizon. An optional 12.3-inch dash display serves up navigation information and F Sport versions add Adaptive Variable Suspension with adjustable dampers that offer a claimed 650 different levels of damping (this is similar to the system on the LC Coupe).

The new ES dashboard combines elements from the larger LS with a central infotainment screen and simpler detailing closer to the new UX crossover.

The Lexus ES will make use of a 3.5L V-6 with 302 hp / 267 lb ft of torque - up 34 hp and 19 lb ft thanks to a new version of Toyota’s D4-S fuel injection system. The ES 300h hybrid model will use a 2.5L I-4 along with an electric motor for a total output of 215 hp, and will deliver 44 mpg which is a 10% increase over the previous model. There is a new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with “an ultra-thin torque converter” and multiplate lockup clutch for improved efficiency.

Concepts:

BMW IX3

BMW IX3 Electric Concept: BMW's iX3 Concept shows an all-electric crossover that previews a new entry to BMW's 'i' sub-brand.

The iX3 is loosely based on the X3 CUV, with unique front and rear bumper designs and it's own take on the BMW kidney grille since this is an all-electric vehicle.

The iX3's electric motor is said to produce 270 hp and uses a 70kWh battery pack that contributes to a 249 mile driving range.



 

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