GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE: Volkswagen showcased their T-Prime Concept GTE, a plug-in hybrid SUV capable of reaching 100km/h from standstill in six seconds. Image: Newspress
Beijing, China - It's the biggest automotive show in China and understandably, many domestic models are placed centre stage.
The 2016 Beijing motor show is in full swing from sports cars to SUVs, we've found five new models that caught our attention, two of them are even on their way to South Africa in the near future.
Here's the list:
1. Porsche 718 Cayman / S
Porsche is extending its mid-engine series with the 718 Cayman. It represents the entry-level sports car in the brand's line-up. The new 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are available to order immediately, but only arrive here in September 2016.
The entry-level version produces 221kW/380Nm from two litres of displacement, while the S-model delivers 257kW/420Nm with a displacement of 2.5 litres.
2. Mazda CX-4
Mazda debuted its new CX-4 crossover SUV at the 2016 Beijing motor show. Placed, quite logically, between the smaller CX-4 and larger CX-5.
The CX-4 rides on the same wheelbase as the CX-5 and will use the same 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engines.
Mazda SA confirmed the CX-4 is under consideration for local introduction, but no decision has been made.
3. Audi TT RS
Audi showed its TT RS at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, with both its Coupé and its Roadster for unveiled for the first time to the public.
Audi South Africa confirmed that only the coupe will be made available in Mzansi, likely to be in the second quarter of 2017. The RS uses a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 294kW/480Nm.
4. Renault Koleos
Renault South Africa confirmed the 2017 Koleos is under consideration for South Africa, but not yet confirmed. The new model shares the same platform as the French manufacturer's recently-launched Kadjar.
There will be four engines available: two petrol and two diesel. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while an 'X-Tronic' CVT 'box.
The new model will be assembled at Busan in South Korea for all markets except China.
5. Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE
Beijing was showcased the world premiere of the T-Prime Concept GTE – the concept of a cutting-edge premium class SUV. This plug-in hybrid all-rounder gives a first glimpse of Volkswagen’s future flagship.
The T-Prime, Volkswagen says, is the world’s first car to feature a Curved Interaction Area – a curved infotainment display that blends in with the remaining displays and controls in the futuristic cockpit. The concept car’s eight-speed automatic transmission is controlled intuitively “by wire” using a glass scroll wheel.
The GTE uses plug-in hybrid engine, fusing a 185kW petrol engine with a 100kW electric motor to hit 100km/h from standstill in six seconds. The GTE can be driven emitting zero-emissions in fully-electric mode up to 50 kilometres.