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Shanghai: China Gets a Longer E-Class

Mercedes-Benz is set to introduce a long wheelbase version of the E-Class specifically targetted at the Chinese market at the Shanghai Auto Show. This is in contrast to the long wheelbase Panameras that Porsche also recently announced in Shanghai that will be available for order worldwide. The E-Class Long, measuring 501.9cm in length with a wheelbase of 301.4cm, will offer an additional 14cm of legroom for the rear passengers. Built exclusively in China, the Long features the revised interior and exterior updates of the facelifted E-Class. Engine choices include the 204hp 4-cylinder (E260 L), the 245hp V6 (E300 L), and the 333hp V6 (E400L). Sadly, there is no AMG version available for the E-Class Long.

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Shanghai: Acura Concept SUV-X Looks Like RDX Cranked to 11

Concept Cars are the name of the game in Shanghai this weekend as automakers are showing off all sorts of concept vehicles. Honda introduced us to the “Concept M” minivan which aims to expand the multi-purpose-vehicle market currently dominated by commercial vehicles. Not content with that, Honda under the Acura brand is also debuting a concept vehicle dubbed the “Concept SUV-X”. It’s interesting to note that this is the first time Acura has debuted a concept vehicle outside of North America. With China being the world’s largest car market, automakers are making every effort to capitalize on the growth opportunities the Asian country provides.

The Concept SUV-X is a conceptual model for a small SUV that Acura plans on developing for the Chinese market. Design wise, it looks very much like a sportier looking RDX. The headlights look like they were taken from the NSX Concept design and the taillights remind me of the CRV tails. Of course, being a concept vehicle we get all the requisite aggressive curves and angular front and rear lower fascias which surely will disappear on the production version. Acura plans on mass producing the new SUV in China within the next three years.

RDX shoppers in North America are likely crossing their fingers that some of the design elements will make its way over to the RDX in the form of a facelift. Maybe just the headlights?

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Shanghai: World Premier of Honda Concept M Minivan

Honda introduced their latest concept vehicle to the world at the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto China) today, the “Concept M”. The “Concept M” was designed at Honda’s design studio in Japan and is aimed specifically for the Chinese multi-purpose-vehicle (MPV) market. In fact, Honda expects it to hit the Chinese market some time next year.

Honda says that currently, the MPV market is dominated by commercial vehicles. It is their hope that with the launch of their new concept vehicle that there is room for MPVs that offer the attributes of a passenger vehicle while adding value through increased cabin space and a more comfortable (and fun) ride.

In my opinion they should let some of the design characteristics of the “Concept M” sneak on over to the next-generation Honda Odyssey which I’m sure is in the initial stages of design right now. Honda had just revealed their latest design facelift for the 2014 Honda Odyssey at the New York Auto Show last month.

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BMW Dishes Out More X4 Concept Eye Candy

BMW is set to show off the BMW X4 Concept to the world in a few days at the Shanghai Auto Show, but it appears they’re a bit too excited and decided to share some more photos of their latest crossover. The baby X6 looks quite production ready in the photos much like how the 4 Series Concept looked like it was ready to roll of the production lines when it was unveiled in Detroit. We’ve already told you what we know about the BMW X4 Concept when BMW first released pictures and unfortunately we’re not learning more about the vehicle today aside from getting a more detailed look at the body work.

Stay tuned for the official unveiling in a few days from Shanghai! In the mean time, enjoy the photo gallery courtesy of BMW.

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Shanghai Preview: Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept

Mercedes-Benz continues to churn out vehicles based on their new FWD compact platform, and up next for the German company is the GLA compact crossover. While it is set to be unveiled later this week at the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto China), some pictures have been leaked.

From the same platform that powers the A, B and the new CLA class, the GLA crossover will be bigger and taller than its relatives, measuring 172.4 inches long, 77.6 inches wide and 61.8 inches tall. The wheelbase remains unchanged. Powering the GLA250 will be the 2.0L 208hp 4-cylinder coupled to the 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox. Shortly after the arrival of the GLA250, the GLA45 AMG will be introduced, with the same drool worthy 355hp drivetrain that powers the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG.

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Return Of The SAC: The BMW Concept X4

So you guys remember my article on the MINI Paceman, right? The useless SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) that couldn’t figure out whether it wanted to be fun or practical, sporty or comfortable and ended up failing at everything? Well I failed to mention in that article that one vehicle did the SAC segment pretty well, and that was the BMW X6. When it first arrived in ‘08 the looks were widely regarded as appalling and I, for one, didn’t understand the market for that sort of vehicle. I figured that if you wanted more space than a 3-series, you got an X3. If you wanted something sportier than the X3, you got a 3-series. I thought that compromising on both would end up giving you a crummy vehicle.

Well clearly the buying public doesn’t agree because the X6 is selling fantastically and, bolstered by that success, BMW celebrated by revealing the all new X4 concept.

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Shanghai Preview: Porsche Announces Panamera Updates

Porsche recently announced some updates to their refreshed Panamera lineup ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto Shanghai). One of the biggest updates is the addition of a new plug-in hybrid model dubbed the Panamera S E-Hybrid which will slot in (price wise) just under the Panamera 4S. Interestingly, in the US it will be priced just above the 4S. We’ll come back to the hybrid later on in the post. In addition, Porsche has also added two new long-wheelbase models to the lineup: The Panamera 4S Executive and the Panamera Turbo Executive. The Executive models will come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) in addition to the 5.9 inch increase in wheelbase. These models command a price premium over their not-as-long wheelbase versions of approximately $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.

The existing Panamera S, and 4S (and the newly introduced 4S Executive) models will be fitted with a new twin turbo 3.0L V6 that will replace the outgoing 4.8L V8. The V6 puts out 420 horsepower and 383.5 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque over the larger V8.

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