Click’s Top Picks From The Shanghai Motor Show
- April 18, 2019
- Posted by: Josh Locke
- Category: Automotive Industry, News
The Shanghai motor show features some of the biggest manufacturers in the world as they show off their newest models alongside familiar Western brands keen to break out into the world’s most lucrative automotive market. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite new reveals to share with you!
Time has moved on from when Shanghai was an exhibition of glaringly obvious copycat cars, and the impressive quality of new Chinese builds is starting to mount a strong assault against some of the more well-known manufacturers. This year’s show was especially significant, with an increasing number of Chinese models being prepared for European launches and global manufacturers such as Volkswagen adding to their range of models adapted specifically for sale in China.
1.) Aston Martin Rapide E
“Aston Martin is aiming the new Rapide E electric performance saloon squarely at the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. A Torque output of 738lb ft will help the Rapide E to sprint from 50mph-70mph in under 1.6 seconds, and the model can cruise at its 155mph top speed for 10 straight minutes.” – AutoCar
One of the biggest gripes people have with Electric cars is they lack style and look rather ugly. Well, Aston Martin has clearly maintained their premium sense of style with the new Rapide E. Another question mark people have with EV vehicles is their power. Aston Martin has shattered this misconception as well – The Rapide E can produce over 600bhp and go from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the Tesla Model S for sure.
2.) Volkswagen ID Roomzz
Volkswagen’s ID range has a new luxurious seven-seater SUV that will sit at the top of its other electric vehicles so far (above the hatchback, Buzz, Crozz and Vizzion). The Roomzz concept is the largest version of the company’s MEB platform. A pair of electric motors give the Touareg-sized model 302bhp and part-time four-wheel drive. The range is claimed to be 370 miles, which is a significant improvement over its primary rival, the Tesla Model X.
VW’s design boss Klaus Bischoff has since confirmed that it will indeed come to Europe, but markets such as China and the US will be prioritised first.
“The ID Roomzz shows us what we can expect from full-size electric SUVs in the future. The puristic look emphasises the clear function and the user experience is intuitive and natural. Plenty of space inside allows for completely new seating configurations.”
3.) Audi AI:ME
We’ve chosen a supercar, an SUV, so we thoughts we’d end with a hatchback. Although this is only a concept, it provides hints to a forthcoming A3-sized compact electric model.
The model is the third of four concepts the manufacturer is producing to show its vision for shared motoring in 10 years’ time, with the idea that subscribers choose the car they need for any given moment. It follows the 2017 Aicon concept, designed for inner-city journeys, and last year’s PB18 E-tron sports car.
Let’s not forget the most important part of this car though. Self-driving technology. We’re talking no steering wheel (although you always have the option to plug one in and take control.) While this technology is still being tested and perfected, numerous car brands see this as the future, with targets to eliminate road accident fatalities completely by 2050. The styling is a little questionable in places but unlike most modern hatchbacks, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic on the inside. The panoramic roof adds a refreshing open-feel to the car, with plenty of headspace, something even small SUVs struggle with.
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