Beijing Motor Show 2018 : Exhibitions from German OEMs

BMW's iX3 EV, and new models from VW and Daimler



Just as in 2017, the Beijing Motor Show 2018 (4/27-5/4, press days 4/25-26) was held at the New China International Exhibition Center (New Venue), located near the Beijing Capital International Airport, and the Old China International Exhibition Center (Old Venue), located in the center of the city. The New Venue was comprised of exhibitions for finished vehicle automakers and major components suppliers, while the Old Venue showcased components and selected models from the NEV (New Energy Vehicle) automakers.

Many visitors flocked to the New Venue, which was the main venue for finished vehicle automakers, to see the latest models from the various OEMs exhibiting at the venue's 220,000 square meter space: the massive turnout was on a scale with that of the largest of motor shows with a world-class number of exhibited vehicles. According to the organizer, a combined total of 820,000 guests visited the New and Old Venues, and roughly 1,200 companies from 14 countries and regions around the world held exhibitions. The theme of the show was "Steering To A New Era", with many OEMs exhibiting a larger number of NEV models and connected cars in comparison to the previous Shanghai Motor Show.

Part 1 of the Beijing Motor Show report will primarily focus on new models from the three German OEMs VW, BMW, and Daimler. The following reports in this series will cover models of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean OEMs.

The main venue, the China International Exhibition Center New Venue The New Venue was filled with enthusiasm

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VW: Full model changes to the CC and Lavida sedans, announcement of Skoda's new model, the KAMIQ

VW's vehicle sales in China in 2017 reached a record-high of 317.7 million vehicles, giving the automaker a massive presence in the Chinese market. In Q1 of 2018, the OEM surpassed sales of 1.01 million vehicles thanks to the strong market demand for SUV models.

At the VW Group's event held a day before the show, the OEM announced that along with its joint-venture partners, it would invest a total of roughly EUR 15 billion (approximately JPY 2 trillion) in e-mobility, autonomous driving, digitalization, and new mobility services to provide mobility solutions to Chinese consumers. Additionally, the automaker will release its 40 NEV models in China in the next seven to eight years based on its "Roadmap E" electrification strategy. As for EVs, the automaker will begin production at a minimum of six of its plants in China by 2021. At the event, the automaker unveiled its E20X electric SUV from its SOL brand, developed by its joint venture with JAC motors, JAC Volkswagen.

VW brand: Asia premiere of the I.D. VIZZION, full model changes to two sedan models

In March 2018, the VW brand announced that 2018 will be the year of SUVs and stated it would release at least twelve VW brand SUVs by 2020. However, the two models exhibited at this show were sedans, the CC and Lavida, which have undergone full model changes. The I.D.VIZZION EV concept car attracted the attention of visitors as the vehicle made its Asia premiere, while the recently released T-Roc had many asking about specific pricing and release dates.

The I.D. VIZZION, an EV luxury sedan that carries over the DNA of the I.D. Family, made its Asia premiere. Its avant-garde exterior drew the attention of many visitors, with its forward and rear doors opening automatically by 90 degrees, eliminating the need for a B pillar, and making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, as well as providing a spacious interior. The VW brand's Level 4 & Level 5 autonomous driving vehicles are scheduled for release as early as 2025.
The concept car features the MEB (Modular Electric Platform) architecture of VW, and has Level 5 automated driving capabilities. Through its HoloLens head-up display, the vehicle also provides a variety of information and other entertainment features with various modes, such as business mode, entertainment mode, and learning mode for children.
The vehicle has a 75 kW motor in the front and a 150 kW motor in the rear, making for a system output of 225 kW. The vehicle has a battery capacity of 111 kWh, with a range of 665 km (NEDC mode). The I.D. VIZZION's top speed is 180 km/h (Level 5 autonomous driving), and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. The vehicle has a length of 5163 mm, a width of 1947 mm, a height of 1506 mm, a wheelbase of 3100 mm, and is equipped with 255/30 R24 tires.
I.D. VIZZION The interior of the I.D. VIZZION (Source: VW)

CC The all-new CC was announced. Outside of China, the vehicle is sold as the Arteon, but as the CC name is recognized in China as a high-end model, the VW brand decided to not change the model name.
The CC features the MQB B platform architecture, and combines a TSI engine mated with a 7-speed DCT. The CC has a length of 4.86 m, a width of 1.87 m, a height of 1.45 m, and a wheelbase of 2.84 m. In comparison to the current model, the facelifted model is 50 mm, 15 mm, 30 mm, and 129 mm larger, respectively. The all-new CC will be released by FAW VW in August 2018.
 CC CC interior

Lavida A full renewal of the Lavida, the best-selling vehicle in the Chinese sedan/hatchback category, was announced.
The new Lavida features the MQB platform, autonomous emergency brakes, and adaptive cruise control. The MIB modular infotainment platform supports Baidu's CarLife as well as Apple's CarPlay and MirrorLink.
The Lavida will be available with two engine types: the 1.5-liter EA211 (rated output of 85 kW, maximum torque of 250 Nm) and the new 1.4 TSI (rated output of 110 kW, maximum toque of 250 Nm). The vehicle has a length of 4.67 m, width of 1.81 m, height of 1.47 m and a wheelbase of 2.69 m. Compared to the current model, it is 65 mm, 41 mm, 14 mm, and 75 mm larger, respectively. The vehicle will be released by SAIC VW in Q2 of 2018.
 Lavida Lavida interior

T-Roc The T-Roc compact SUV, targeted at young users, was announced in April 2018. The long-awaited SUV model by FAW VW, the first vehicle rolled off the production line at the plant in the South China district in April 2018 and will go on sale in the summer of 2018.
The vehicle features the MQB A1 platform, and is powered by a 1.4-liter direct-injection turbo engine, with a maximum output of 110 kW, and a maximum torque of 250 Nm. The vehicle has a top speed of 200 km/h, and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. The vehicle has a length of 4318 mm, a width of 1819 mm, a height of 1582 mm, a wheelbase of 2680 mm, and weighs 1510 kg.
T-Roc T-Roc interior

Audi brand: Release of ten new EV models by 2022

Audi announced that by 2022 it would release ten new EV models from the Audi brand into the Chinese market. Furthermore, the OEM reaffirmed and emphasized its 30-year cooperative structure with its joint venture partner, FAW.

Q5L The Q5L, a high-end SUV model based on the MLB EVO platform, made its world premiere. The vehicle is available with two types of 2.0-liter TFSI turbo engines: one with an output of 140 kW and another with 185 kW. The vehicle has a length of 4765 mm.
The Q5L has a sporty and powerful exterior design. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with Bang & Olufsen's 3D Sound System. The SUV will be manufactured at FAW VW's Changchun plant, and will go on sale in August 2018.
A8L The A8L, which was recently released in early April 2018, attracted much attention at Audi’s booth. The model is planned to be available in three grades. According to some reports, a PHV model of the A8 is scheduled for release by the end of the year.
The A8L's powertrain is a combination of a V6 turbo engine and a 48V mild hybrid system mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic. The vehicle has a maximum output of 250 kW, and a maximum torque of 500 Nm. The A8L's top speed is 250 km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. Average fuel consumption is 8.8 liters/100 km, while the higher grade model has an average fuel consumption of 9.2 liters/100 km. The A8L has a length of 5302 mm, a width of 1945 mm, a height of 1487 mm, and a wheelbase of 3128 mm.

A6L 40 e-tron The A6L 40 e-tron is a PHV model first unveiled at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, and released in the second half of 2017.
The vehicle is powered by a combination of an inline-4 turbo engine 2.0 TFSI (maximum output: 155 kW, maximum torque: 350 Nm) and a motor (maximum output: 100 kW, maximum torque: 230 Nm). The system has a maximum output of 180 kW and a maximum torque of 500 Nm. The battery has a capacityof 14.1 kWh, giving the vehicle a range (NEDC mode) of 850 km. The vehicle has a top speed of 210 km/h, and while in EV driving mode the vehicle has a top speed of 130 km/h. The vehicle has a length of 5036 mm, a length of 1874 mm, a height of 1480 mm, wheelbase 3012 mm.
A6L 40 e-tron A6L 40 e-tron interior

Skoda brand: Announcement of the new KAMIQ model

Skoda emphasized the promotion of its "2025 Strategy" (strengthening its SUV models, internationalization, car sharing service, and electrification of its models by 2025) that it announced at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. The OEM will release 19 new models by 2020, and ten EV models by 2025. Simultaneously, the automaker will invest EUR 2 billion in the mobility services and digitalizations field to increase vehicle sales in the Chinese market. In 2017, the Skoda brand sold*1 333,000 vehicles in the Chinese market.
*1: According to the MarkLines database

KAMIQ The Skoda brand's KAMIQ compact SUV made its world premiere.
The vehicle combines a 1.5-liter engine mated with a 5-speed/6-speed Tiptronic transmission, achieving a maximum output of 110 hp and a maximum torque of 150 Nm. The vehicle has a length of 4390 mm, a length of 1781 mm, a height of 1593 mm, and a wheelbase of 2610mm.
The KAMIQ features an 8-inch LCD panel, supports Apple CarPlay, Baidu CarLife, and MirrorLink, and not only connects smartphones with the vehicle's system, but also provides an AI cloud-based assistant. The vehicle is scheduled for release in June 2018.
KAMIQ KAMIQ interior

BMW: Unveiling of its iX3 crossover EV concept model

The BMW Group plans to globally release 12 EVs and 13 PHVs by 2025, and among those models, the automaker announced its iX3 concept at this show. The iX3 is the BMW Group's first EV in the SUV category. Production of the vehicle for the mass market will begin in 2020 at its joint venture partner Brilliance Auto's Dadong plant in Shenyang.

Additionally, many visitors gathered around the X3, which is scheduled for release in 2018 as a Chinese domestic model. Currently, many vehicles from the BMW brand made in China are sedan models, and as of the end of 2017, the only SUV model is the X1.

iX3 (Concept) The iX3 crossover EV featuring the fifth generation eDrive technology made its world premiere. Production of the vehicle for the mass market will start in 2020 at BMW Brilliance's plant.
The vehicle's motor has a maximum output of 200 kW, a battery capacity of 70 kWh, and a range of over 400 km. The battery can be charged to roughly 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes.

M2 Competition The M2 Competition compact coupe featuring a new engine based on the M3 and M4 engine units made its world premiere.
The M2 Competition's powertrain is comprised of a direct-injection 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder twin turbo engine mated to an M DCT (7-speed manual transmission) or 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle has a maximum output of 302 kW (410 hp)/5250-7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 550 Nm/2350-5200 rpm. The M2 Competition accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with the M DCT, and 4.4 seconds with the 6-speed manual transmission. The top speed of the vehicle is 250 km/h, and with the adoption of the optional M Driver's Package it can reach 280 km/h.
M2 Competition M2 Competition interior

X4 The new second-generation X4 Sports Activity Coupe made its Asian premiere. The vehicle has a length of 4752 mm, a length of 1918 mm, a height of 1621 mm, and a wheelbase of 2864 mm. The X4 xDrive25i and X4 xDrive30i gasoline engine models are scheduled for release in China.
X7 iPerformance
Following the IAA, the LA Motor Show, and the Geneva Motor Show, BMW's flagship SUV, the X7 iPerformance, was showcased at the Beijing Motor Show as well. In China, the X7 PHV concept vehicle featuring a twin turbo gasoline engine combined with electric motors was introduced to the public.
X4 X7 iPerformance

X3 The new Chinese domestic X3 was unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. The X3 announced at this show will be the sixth model from the BMW brand made by BMW Brilliance. The new X3 is manufactured at the Dadong plant in Shenyang, and rolls off the production line in May 2018. The X3 xDrive25i and X3 xDrive30i will each be available with two trim levels in the Chinese market.
The new X3 features the CLAR platform, and is powered by the combination of a 2.0-liter turbo engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The high-output model has a maximum output of 185 kW and a maximum torque of 350 Nm, while the low-output model has a maximum output of 135 kW and a maximum torque of 290 Nm. The vehicle has a length of 4717 mm, a length of 1891 mm, a height of 1689 mm, and a wheelbase of 2864 mm. The length of the vehicle is 54 mm longer than the current model. Prices for the X3 range from CNY 399,800 to CNY 585,800, and the vehicle is scheduled to be released by the end of 2018.
BMW Brilliance X3

Daimler: Focusing on the Chinese market, release of long-wheelbase models for the A-Class and C-Class

At its press conference at the Beijing Motor Show, Daimler not only announced new models, but emphasized its stance on the priority of the Chinese market, such as through its partnership with the National Palace Museum and the opening of the Shanghai branch of Mercedes me. As 60% of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are sold to Chinese consumers, the Mercedes-Maybach EV concept vehicle announced at the Beijing Motor Show is a model designed with Chinese consumers in mind. In 2018, Mercedes-Benz is planning to release 12 new or updated models.

A-Class L Sedan The extended version of the A-Class, the A-Class L Sedan, made its world premiere. The vehicle is a connected car targeted at younger drivers in the digital age. The vehicle will be sold by Daimler's joint venture partner, Beijing Benz, in Q2 of 2018, and will be available in two versions, either as a sedan or as a sports sedan.
With the combination of a fully aluminum 4-cylinder 1.33-liter engine mated with a 7G-DCT, the vehicle has a maximum output of 100 kW and 120 kW (with cylinder shut-off). Additionally, a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine model will also be released in the future.
The vehicle has a length of 4609 mm, a length of 1796 mm, a height of 1460 mm, and a wheelbase of 2789 mm. It will be available as a sedan or as a sport sedan.
In addition to advanced driver-assistance systems borrowed from the S-Class, such as active steering assist, active lane changing assist, and active braking assist, the model also features MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) in its full-touchscreen infotainment system, with Tencent's WeChatMyCar application installed. The system can be operated via "Intelligent Voice Control" voice recognition technology, which can process natural languages. In addition to standard Chinese, the system also supports Cantonese.
A-Class L Sedan A-Class L Sport Sedan

C-Class L Sedan A long wheelbase version of the current model C-Class, announced in 2014, was unveiled. The vehicle is powered by a combination of a 4-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo engine combined with the EQ Boost (48 V drive starter/alternator) mild hybrid system, and is manufactured by Beijing Benz.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury (Concept) The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury high-end saloon EV concept, based on a crossover, was unveiled.
The vehicle achieves four-wheel drive via four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The vehicle has a maximum output of 550 kW, and has a battery capacity of 80 kWh. It has a range (NEDC mode) of 500 km or more, and can drive roughly 100 km with a 5-minute charge (high-speed charging). It has a length of 5260 mm, a length of 2110 mm, and a height of 1764 mm.
C-Class L Sedan Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury

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