Now that China is the world's largest auto market, the Shanghai auto show is evolving into a top-rank global event. This year's show will include a variety of electric cars, plug-in hybrids and crossovers of all sizes.
Bentley: Following its debut in Geneva, the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept will test consumer reaction in Shanghai. If the battery-electric convertible enters production, it likely would go on sale in China first.
Buick: The production-ready Velite 5 plug-in hybrid may appear in Shanghai. It shares the same 1.5-liter engine, electric motor and lithium ion battery as the Chevy Volt. The Velite 5 debuted last fall at the Guangzhou auto show, and Buick says it "will go on sale shortly."
Geely: The Chinese automaker's new premium brand, Lynk & CO, will showcase the 01 hybrid compact crossover. Lynk's first model is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The 01 debuted in Berlin in December and will go on sale in China late this year.
Hybrid Kinetic Group: The Hong Kong-based startup will display three concepts, including a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan concept dubbed H600. This Pininfarina-designed car was displayed at the Geneva auto show. No details are available about the two other models.
Lexus: The freshened NX compact crossover will make its global debut. Lexus has upgraded the car's exterior and interior. Also on display will be the Lexus LS 500h hybrid sedan, which debuted at the Geneva auto show earlier this year.
Mercedes: The face-lifted S-class sedan will have its global debut in Shanghai, reports AutoCar magazine. Equipped with a smart map, the S class will anticipate curves and roundabouts and adjust its speed autonomously. The car goes on sale in the fall. According to IHS Markit, Mercedes also will showcase an A-class compact sedan.
NIO: The startup, previously known as NextEV, will display a self-driving electric car concept dubbed EVE. The car debuted last month in Texas, featuring a panoramic view and an augmented reality display on the windshield.
Nissan: The Navara midsize pickup will make its Chinese debut. The automaker describes it as an SUV-based truck that can be driven off-road. Also on display will be the Vmotion 2.0 sedan concept, which may preview the next-generation Altima. Chinese media also have speculated that Nissan will showcase its new Kicks subcompact crossover for China.
SAIC Motors: The state-owned automaker will show a battery-electric version of its Roewe RX5 compact crossover, plus a plug-in hybrid version of its Roewe i6 compact sedan.
Skoda: The Vision E concept makes its global debut in Shanghai. The car's lithium ion battery pack boasts a maximum range of 310 miles, and it has a top speed of 111 mph. The car also can drive itself on the highway.
Volkswagen: An electric SUV concept will debut in Shanghai. The as-yet-unnamed vehicle is built on the automaker's MEB modular architecture and will enter production after 2020.
Volvo: Chinese media speculate that Volvo may display the XC40 crossover in Shanghai. The crossover, built on the company's new Compact Modular Architecture, will go on sale in 2018.