Beijing Motor Show 2024: all the key cars and why they matter

The electric G-Class wasn’t the only new Mercedes in Beijing either. There was the debut of the AMG GT 63 S E Performance – a plug-in hybrid which just so happens to be the fast-accelerating AMG of all time with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Being owned by the Chinese firm SAIC Motors, it’s no surprise that MG was in attendance. It paid homage to a land speed record holder from the 1950s with the EXE181 concept. Top speed of this electric hypercar wasn’t announced, but it’ll do an impressive 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds.

MINI

MINI has deep roots in China with the new Cooper Electric being built there. The Aceman will sit above the Cooper and below the Countryman as a small SUV designed to rival the likes of the Volvo EX30 and Jeep Avenger. The Aceman takes on the family face of MINI with round headlights and curved, unassuming surfacing. Up to 252 miles of range will be offered with the all-electric Aceman and pricing will kick off at £31,800 when it goes on sale here in June.

Smart 

Smart is reinventing itself as a car maker – moving away from those tiny city cars it became famous for and delving into the all-electric SUV market. We’ve seen the #1 and #3, it was time for the #5 in Beijing. Well, the Smart #5 concept anyway.

This concept is the “most spacious and versatile vehicle to date” according to Smart and features a lot of off-road features with chunky tyres, a rooftop light bar and wires to protect from trees and branches. 

Toyota

Perhaps surprisingly, Toyota doesn’t have much of a market share in China, but it showed real intention to make inroads into the country with the bZ3X and bZ3C. Designed to take on the Tesla Model 3 and BYD Seal, the bZ3C is a compact executive saloon with all-electric power. The bZ3X is a large SUV – larger than the bZ4X we have in the UK. Toyota hasn’t release technical details on either car just yet or a plan to bring them to Europe.

Volkswagen

While Volkswagen was in attendance, it didn’t show off a new car for the European market. Instead it brought along its new ID.Code concept – a large all-electric SUV aimed at a younger audience. The ID.Code previews a production car for the Chinese market, although it could influence future design language for the German firm’s electric SUVs.

Which car was your favourite from the 2024 Beijing Motor Show? Let us know in the comments…

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