After a four-year hiatus due to Corona, the Beijing Auto Show returned with a bang in 2024, positioning itself as one of the most captivating events of the year, especially when compared to the relatively subdued atmosphere of Geneva.

Once again, China reaffirms its status as a powerhouse in the global automotive scene, with a myriad of manufacturers—both Chinese and international—unveiling their latest offerings, some of which will soon grace the streets of Europe. Here’s a glimpse of the highlights from the show floor.


Among the unveiled models, the Audi Q6L e-tron stands out—a long-wheelbase version of the familiar Q6 e-tron tailored specifically for the Chinese market. While initially targeted at Chinese consumers, its intriguing design leaves the possibility open for a European debut, albeit possibly in limited quantities for specific purposes.

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Built on the PPE platform, it boasts enhanced rear passenger space and an estimated range of 625 kilometers. However, stealing the spotlight is the SQ6 e-tron, the high-performance variant of the eagerly anticipated electric SUV, boasting a staggering 516 horsepower and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.8 seconds.

BYD Fang Cheng Bao Leopard 5

BYD’s extreme division makes waves at the Beijing Auto Show with the Fang Cheng Bao Leopard 5, a plug-in hybrid SUV featuring a potent combination of a 1.5L engine and two electric motors, delivering a total output of 505 kW (687 hp) and 760 Nm of torque.

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With a combined range of 1200 kilometers and support for rapid DC charging, it sets a new standard in the hybrid SUV segment.

BYD Ocean-M Concept

BYD also unveils the Ocean-M concept car, teasing a hot hatch tailor-made for the European market, where such vehicles enjoy widespread popularity. Positioned to rival the likes of the MG4 Xpower, Volvo EX30 in its high-performance iteration, Smart #1 Brabus, and Cupra Born, the Ocean-M boasts an aggressive and youthful design language.

BYD Ocean-M
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With its name hinting at its affiliation with BYD’s Ocean lineup, we anticipate it to adopt a similarly fierce and powerful moniker, perhaps something along the lines of “Shark”. See all details here.

Chery iCar V23

Chery introduces the iCar V23, the second mass-produced model under the iCar brand, developed in collaboration with Xiaomi’s subsidiary, Zhimi. Available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, it offers a range of up to 500 kilometers on a single charge.

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While Chery has established two brands for the European market, Omoda and Jaecoo, the iCar series is currently not slated for Western markets.

Honda YE Family

Honda unveils its new lineup of electric vehicles dubbed the Ye family, developed specifically for the Chinese market but with some models expected to make their way to Europe.

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The Ye family includes the S7 and P7 crossovers, along with a GT sedan concept, all characterized by their angular and futuristic design language. Of particular note is the sleek sedan, featuring a high beltline and a fastback-like silhouette, poised to compete with the likes of the Zeekr 007 and potentially the Volkswagen ID.7 GTX.

Mazda EZ-6

Mazda debuts its new electric sedan, the EZ-6, based on the Changan platform but infused with Mazda’s signature refined design philosophy. As the electric successor to the Mazda 6, it retains much of the platform’s characteristics while offering a more personalized and refined experience.

Mazda EZ-6
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While specific details regarding its powertrain are yet to be disclosed, it is expected to offer both full electric and range extender variants, akin to the MX-30. Additionally, Mazda showcases the Arata Concept SUV, set to debut in 2025, signaling its continued commitment to electrification and premium transformation. See all details here.

Mercedes Electric G-Class (G 580)

One of the most anticipated reveals is the all-electric Mercedes G-Class, finally making its debut after years of speculation. Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, the G 580 marks the first-ever electric iteration of the iconic G-Class, tailored for both the Chinese market and beyond.

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Boasting impressive acceleration and enhanced off-road capabilities, it sets a new benchmark for electric SUVs. While interior details remain undisclosed, we anticipate a cutting-edge design befitting of Mercedes’ luxurious reputation.


MG continues its innovation streak with the unveiling of the MG EXE181 concept car—a tribute to the historic MG EX181, which set a speed record of 410 km/h in the 1950s.

Mg exe181
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Reimagined as an electric long-tail concept, it aims to surpass its predecessor with a top speed of 415 km/h, showcasing MG’s commitment to pushing boundaries in the electric vehicle realm. See all details here.

Mini Aceman

Making its definitive debut at the Beijing Auto Show is the highly anticipated Mini Aceman, targeting the Chinese market and reflecting Mini’s strategic partnerships with Great Wall Motors.

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The crossover embodies modernity and style, echoing the design language of the latest Mini Cooper and Mini Countryman models while exclusively offering electric propulsion. With its sleek design and circular display, it sets a new standard for B-SUVs in the electric segment.

Smart Concept #5

Rounding off the highlights is the Smart Concept #5, signaling a pivotal shift for Smart from urban commuter cars to a new frontier of exploration.

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Designed as a mid-sized electric SUV with a focus on practicality and adventure, it boasts electric drivetrain, roof racks, and dedicated off-road tires akin to a compact G-Class. Anticipated for production later in 2024, it embodies Smart’s evolution towards versatility and exploration.

Toyota bZ3X and bZ3C

Toyota makes a statement with a lineup of compelling vehicles, including the bZ4X crossover and the bZ3 sedan—exclusive to the Chinese market—alongside the new EV models, bZ3X and bZ3C, set to enrich the brand’s electric portfolio.

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With the bZ3C being the production version of the Toyota bZ Concept, European consumers can expect to see this model hitting the roads in the near future.

Volkswagen ID. Code 01

The Volkswagen ID. Code 01 concept car offers a glimpse into a new stylistic direction for electric SUVs in both China and Europe. Featuring interactive exterior lighting and a tech-laden interior with a virtual assistant, it previews future advancements in autonomous driving technology.

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While its final moniker remains uncertain, Volkswagen’s intention to revert to traditional nomenclature in Europe suggests it may adopt a name like Tiguan, deviating from the ID family.

Zeekr MIX

Zeekr introduces its first minivan, debuting as a spacious and premium multivan with electronic sliding doors and versatile seating arrangements, designed for mobile meetings or lounge-like relaxation.

Zeekr MIX
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Accompanied by the unveiling of the SEA-M platform by Geely, tailored for MPVs and commercial vehicles, Zeekr continues to expand its innovative offerings in the electric mobility landscape. See all details here.


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