Auto Shanghai 2021 - the world premieres

By Glenn Brooks | 20 April 2021

Press preview days were 19 & 20 April

Press preview days were 19 & 20 April

There are multiple updates to just-auto.com's list of concepts, prototypes and production model global debuts at the Shanghai motor show following the press preview.

More information about future models can be found in PLDB, just-auto's global vehicle database. Simply click on the link at the end of this list.

Audi A6 e-tron concept: the current A6 is only three years old and yet to be facelifted but this low-roof sedan is a preview of a separate production model of the same name.

Audi A7 L: the existing A7 Sportback is joined by a low-roof sedan with a lengthier wheelbase. The first version is called A7 L 55 TFSI quattro and so far is just for China.

Baojun Valli: in an unusual move by SGMW, the RC-5W, a slow selling wagon, is renamed but otherwise unchanged. The RC-5 (hatchback) retains its name.

Bestune T55: FAW has been working on this 4.4 m long SUV (codename: D365) for some time. The standard engine is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo.

BJEV Arcfox aS (Alpha S): the Alpha T hasn't been too strong a seller but BAIC and Magna are not discouraged and have added this electric crossover.

BMW iX: revealed online in November 2020, this is the motor show premiere for the forthcoming electric SUV.

Buick Envision Plus: SAIC-GM will build this 4,845 mm long extended wheelbase version of the Envision SUV from later this year. The development code is said to be E2YB.

Buick Verano Pro: GM China revealed only a few details of this sedan, such as it being powered by a 1.5-litre turbo engine. Presumed to be the Verano's replacement.

Cadillac Lyriq prototype: although announced in August 2020, the electric SUV didn't make its public debut until Auto Shanghai.

Changan CS35 Plus: this 4.3 m long crossover, powered by a 1.6-litre engine, replaces the still big selling - despite being eight years old - CS 35.

Citroën C5 X & C5X Hybrid (PHEV): a 4.8 m long crossover which will be made only in China with exports from the Chengdu plant also bound for European countries.

Exeed Stellar concept: this design study will be toned down a little for the production model which is due out in China next year.

Ford Escort facelift: the China-specific sedan has been around since late 2014 and was already facelifted in 2018. This might mean it ends up having a life cycle of 9-10 years.

Ford Equator: part of the JV with JMC, this 4.9 m long SUV is specific to China. It goes on sale later in Q2.

Ford Evos: refered to as a coupe-SUV, this prototype is likely to be the successor for the Chinese market's Mondeo and North America's Fusion.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: the model built in Chongqing by Changan-Ford is 4,739 mm long versus 4,712 for the Cuautitlán-made one. Wheelbase is 2,984 mm.

Geely GS facelift: this crossover will be five years old in May. This is the second round of styling adjustments following a June 2019 facelift.

Geely Xingyue L: this 4,770 mm long SUV is another model for Volvo and Geely's Compact Modular Architecture and powered by a 2.0-litre petrol turbo.

Genesis Electrified G80: Hyundai recently confirmed that Genesis would be launched in China which makes Auto Shanghai a logical event to showcase the electric G80.

Geometry A Pro: higher-spec version of the A is powered by a 150 kW and 310 Nm motor, has a NCM523 lithium battery and claimed maximum NEDC range of 600 km.

Great Wall Cannon Baja Snake: rally raid-style version of the existing P-Series/Cannon gets raised suspension and bigger wheels and tyres.

Great Wall Cannon X: another fresh derivative for the brand's Cannon pick-up which features a large grille and is powered by a 3.0-litre petrol V6.

Haval X-Dog concept: design study for a potential SUV positioned in the size class above the Big Dog.

Honda SUV e:prototype: fully electric and looking very much like the latest Vezel HR-V, a production model based on this prototype will be launched in China in 2022.

Honda Breeze PHEV: Guangqi Honda gains a plug-in hybrid equivalent to Dongfeng Honda's CR-V PHEV.

Hongqi E-QM5: this 5,040 mm long electric sedan has a 2,990 mm wheelbase and a 55 kWh battery's pack. The E-QM5 is the production version of the E111 project.

Hongqi L-Concept: design study of a large three-seat sedan which comes with its own chandelier but has no steering wheel or seat for a front passenger.

Hongqi S9: the hybrid hypercar prototype which first appeared at the 2019 Frankfurt IAA will soon reach production, FAW says. It will be built in Italy by Silk EV.

Hycan Z03: at the moment, the brand only has the 007 but a production version of this electric crossover might join that car in 2022 (plus the ar18).

Hyundai Custo: the brand continues to rebuild its local market presence by adding this 4,950 mm long seven-seat MPV, a special model for China.

Kia EV6: motor show premiere for the brand's first model based on Hyundai Motor Group's Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

Lexus ES facelift: the current model's global premiere was at the 2018 Beijing motor show and China remains the top (114,943 in 2020) market for this sedan.

Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept: this low-roof electric SUV is said to be a preview of how the brand's vehicles could look later in the 2020s.

Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept: the brand isn't abandoning sedans after all, at least in China. A production version isn't expected to be available in North America.

Lynk & Co 02 Sport: 2.0-litre turbo engine's power lifted to 187 kW (254 PS) compared to 140 kW (190 PS) for the standard 2.0 non-S version.

Lynk & Co 09: the largest model yet for the brand is the second generation Volvo XC90 with a bespoke body.

Maserati Levante facelift: the update is minor and is the first for this SUV since its introduction more than five years ago.

Maserati Levante Hybrid: despite the name, this is a mild hybrid powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo supplemented by an ISG for a slight boost when accelerating.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class L: Daimler is wasting no time in bringing the new generation model to China. This is the public premiere for the extended wheelbase sedan.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class facelift: mid-cycle update for the latest generation which has been in production since January 2018.

Mercedes-Benz EQB: a seven-seat electric SUV which will be built in China and Hungary and available in China, Europe and North America.

Mercedes-Benz EQS: this electric hatchback is 5,216 mm long or 5,265 mm in US-spec and both EQS 450+ and EQS 580 4MATIC have a 107.8 kWh battery. More details here.

MG Cyberster concept: an electric roadster which is claimed to have a range of up to 800 km.

Mitsubishi Airtrek: other than the claim it will be made by GMMC from later in 2021, Mitsubishi has said very little about this electric SUV prototype.

Modern Auto in: BAIC-owned BAW will launch this first model for its new brand in May. The electric crossover is 4.5 m long and has a stated NEDC range of 610 km.

Nio ET7: already seen earlier in 2021 at the company's own 'Nio Day', this is the car's motor show premiere.

Nissan X-Trail: available in North America as the latest generation Rogue since 2020, so strictly speaking, this is not a world debut even if Nissan claims it to be.

Ora Lightning Cat: like the Punk Cat, this small EV is a curvy prototype which could be a smaller Porsche 911 and Panamera mash-up.

Ora Punk Cat: EV prototype which looks similar to the original VW Beetle from some angles but has four doors.

Roewe Ei5 facelift: available in China since 2017, it's mid-cycle update time for the electric wagon. There are no changes for the 52.5 kWh battery pack.

Roewe Jing concept: a coupe crossover, this vehicle has a dramatic front end with the grille meant to resemble the mouth of a whale.

Škoda Octavia Pro: the five-door hatchback launched in Europe in late 2019 now reaches China in LWB form and has a special name. Also, the old one remains in production.

Tank 300 Cybertank concept: no longer the Wey Tank 300; instead Tank becomes a brand, with this design study created to publicise the fact.

Tank 700: GWM shows its intention to create a full range of rugged looking SUVs by previewing this one too. TANK is in huge letters on the side-opening tailgate.

Tank 800: prototype of a large SUV for the new brand and set for launch in 2022. The concept is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 PHEV powertrain.

Toyota bZ4X concept: this is a preview of the electric SUV being developed as a JV with Subaru. Each will use the e-TGNA platform. The first two letters mean 'beyond Zero'.

Toyota Crown Kluger: the Crown name is leveraged for this more luxurious and restyled version of the Kluger Hybrid/Highlander Hybrid.

Volkswagen ID.6 X & ID.6 Crozz: SAIC Volkswagen and FAW Volkswagen gain slightly different versions of the same electric SUV.

Volkswagen Passat facelift: part of the SAIC joint venture, the current 4,933 mm long model is unique to China and has been built at the Anting (Shanghai) plant since 2018.

Volkswagen Talagon: FAW Volkswagen's SMV concept from the 2019 edition of this event now reaches production (codename: VW416).

Weltmeister W6: WM Motor gave us a preview of this 4.6 m long seven-seat electric SUV when it revealed the Evolve concept back in 2019.

Wuling Xingchen: a model which SGMW calls a 'global crossover'. It's 4,594 mm long and powered by a 108 kW 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV Cabrio concept: China's best selling electric car loses its roof.

Xpeng P5: the brand's third model is a 4.8 m long electric sedan (codename: D55). Innovations include a pair of double-prism LiDAR in the front bumper.

Zeekr 001: new brand for Geely Holding Group but the first model has been seen before as the Lynk & Co zero concept. Chinese market deliveries due to start in October.

Zhiji Motor IM L7: revealed at a special event in January, this was the car's motor show premiere. Batteries are 93 or 115 kWh graphite anode li-ion packs.

Zhiji Motor IM SUV: this prototype previews the start-up and would-be premium electric vehicles brand's second model. Zhiji Motor is majority (54%) owned by SAIC.

ZX Auto ZTE G9: there aren't many full-sized pick-ups available in China so this one is significant news. Various cabs are available stretching from 5.4 to 5.7 m long.

More detail on past, current and forthcoming models can be found in PLDB, the future vehicles database which is part of GlobalData's Automotive Intelligence Center.