Auto Shanghai 2019 has wrapped up and revealed many, many cool cars — but most are for the Chinese market and only for the Chinese market. Which is unfortunate. The U.S. could use more choice in electric vehicles, which were heavily represented at the show. Elsewhere, Volkswagen debuted its Jetta sub-brand for China and BMW showed off a long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series … which is somehow not just the 5 Series? None of those cars are coming here, though! Who gives a damn?!
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But there were some cars that we might see here in some form or another, and they were actually pretty cool. Here they are:
1. Aston Martin Rapide E
The all-electric version of the Rapide sedan and future Bond car made its global debut in Shanghai, and since it’s an Aston Martin, it looks very cool. And it comes with cool fun facts, like: a claimed 50-to-70-mph time of 1.5 seconds and allegedly the ability to drive at 155 mph for 10 continuous minutes — just in case that’s a thing you need in a car. Actual statistics for the car include expectations of more than 600 horsepower and 700 pounds-feet of torque from its twin, rear-mounted electric motors. Production will be limited to just 155 examples, which is too bad, and pricing is “available on application.”
2. Mercedes-Benz Concept GLB
Mercedes-Benz has been missing a direct competitor for the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, but that should change soon if the Concept GLB is any indication. With GLC-Class styling that meets a modern interpretation of some of the G-Class’ off-road cues, the GLB is a handsome-looking compact SUV. The idea of giving it three rows of seats is a bit wacky, but that’s a minor quibble, especially if the third row is optional on a production version. Reports indicate that in addition to the 224 hp, 258 pounds-feet of torque from the standard 2.0-liter borrowed from the new CLA, it will also get the AMG-produced 302-hp version. The concept’s interior is production-ready from a layout and features standpoint, though materials are likely to be scaled back to a more reasonable level of luxury.
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3. Volkswagen ID. Roomzz Concept
A seven-seat all-electric SUV aimed squarely at those who want to buy a Tesla Model X but can’t necessarily afford the premium price, the Volkswagen ID. Roomzz concept combines sleek, futuristic styling inside and out with a truly unfortunate name. Volkswagen says the concept has 280 miles of range according to the European testing cycle and is capable of Level 4 autonomy — meaning that in certain situations, no input is required from the driver. The ID. Roomzz joins five other ID. concepts from Volkswagen, with the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback slated for production. The ID. Roomzz seems likely to join that list, though with an appropriately contemporary interior and probably missing its sliding doors that open from the middle of the car.
This has been another round of Cars are Cool.
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