This Week’s Top Photos: the 2018 Beijing auto show edition

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept

Mercedes-Maybach’s Ultimate Luxury concept was one of the major talking points of this week’s 2018 Beijing auto show, though not entirely for positive reasons. The concept blends elements of sedans and SUVs but with results that can best be described as polarizing. While the concept isn’t bound for production, some elements could appear on a Maybach version of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L

Mercedes also had the first-ever A-Class sedan on show in Beijing. The version shown, designated an A-Class L, has been designed for the Chinese market but an A-Class sedan is also headed to the United States later this year. It will become the Three-Pointed Star’s most accessible model.

Buick Enspire electric SUV concept

Buick had the Enspire concept on show. The concept is an electric SUV that Buick hasn’t confirmed for production, but hopefully we’ll see its handsome lines on future models from the brand. The powertrain isn’t bad too, with Buick claiming a 550-horsepower output and 370 miles of range.

2019 Buick Velite 6 Electric

Also on Buick’s stand was the Velite minivan. It’s been developed exclusively for the Chinese market and is available in plug-in hybrid and pure electric guises. The Velite 6 also introduces a new cloud connectivity system Buick calls eConnect.

Wey-X concept

Naturally, Chinese brands were also out in force at the Beijing auto show. One of them was Wey, the new luxury SUV brand from Great Wall Motors. It had the Wey-X concept, an electric SUV with Level 5 self-driving capability.

Hybrid Kinetic H500 concept

Another Chinese brand, Hybrid Kinetic, had a pair of concepts on show. They were the H500 sedan and K350 SUV. Both came with an extended-range electric powertrain where a microturbine served as the range extender.

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