This year’s Shanghai Motor Show takes place later in April. With not long to go before the international exhibition opens its doors, we’ve seen a number of big name, high-profile debuts and some interesting teasers images being released. So let’s have a closer look…
New Citroën DS Wild Rubis concept
They’ve not given much away, but Citroën have released a few hints as to what they’ve got in store for us with their new concept, the DS Wild Rubis.
So what can we expect? Well, with its angular grill, sleek look and futuristic headlight detailing, it seems as though the design team over at Citroën have relied heavily on the Numero 9’s style – which got its unveiling last year at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
It should come as no surprise that the latest DS concept is getting its debut in Shanghai. Citroën’s DS range has so far been very popular over in China, where they’re actually marketed as a band in their own right.
Check out the full 23 second teaser clip for the DS Wild Rubis over on YouTube.
BMW’s latest sport coupe
Focusing on their ‘X’ models, BMW are all set to unveil their most recent concept car, the X4 Sport Activity Coupé.
With its sloping roof, the new BMW X4 Sport Activity looks much like the X6, the company’s boldly styled, mid-size luxury coupé released in 2008, and features the new look front end, with updated LED headlights.
But with no further details as yet released from BMW, what the new X4 has under its bonnet remains unknown. It seem likely though that the X4 will be powered by one of their turbocharged 2 litre four-cylinder engines, as used in X3.
The X4 looks likely for production in 2014, with estimates putting the starting prices at around £30,000.
Maserati’s new Ghibli saloon
Maserati have certainly come a long way since they produced their first Ghibli model way back in the late sixties. The newly unveiled Ghibli is set to compete against high-end BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class models.
Expected to be priced at around £50,000, and with production set for 2014, the new saloon will be available with either a 3 litre V6 turbo petrol engine or a turbodiesel engine – which marks a first for the Italian manufacturers.
Maserati are hoping for big things over the next few years. They’re hoping to increase their production and boost their annual sales – and with the new Quattroporte sedan also expected in 2014, it’ll be interesting to see how the new generation Ghibli falls into this grand plan.
The Shanghai Motor Show will run from the 20th to the 29th of April.