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News on what to expect from the Beijing Motor Show at the end of the month is coming fast and furious, with big manufacturers readying a number of concepts. Here's a further taster of what to look forward to...

Lexus NX 4x4

Already seen as a concept at the 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows, this production final version of the NX will challenge the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5. The characteristic Lexus spindle grille is still there, along with the sharp, almost menacing double headlight arrangement from the IS F Sport, but the bold styling of the concept has been diluted somewhat elsewhere. Powertrain choices will include a 65mpg capable hybrid.

The NX will be available to buy later this year for about £30,000, sitting below the RX in the company's model line up.

Honda sports coupe concept

Honda hasn't yet given a name to what has so far only been seen in sketch format but appears to be a compact, sporty coupe concept. Industry rumour suggests it will function as the CR-Z's China exclusive replacement. Notable features on the artist's rendering include a butch set of alloy wheels, a front bumper crammed with vents and headlights flowing out of the grille. The overall silhouette is reminiscent of the CR-Z, with sleek, muscular flanks, broad hips and a smooth profile.

Peugeot EXALT

This concept will apparently preview Peugeot's design direction for the future, the next step on from the Onyx concept of last year. It's sharp and sharkish looking with plenty of length to the bonnet and a short rear end. The headlights and grille will be familiar from the company's current range, while the cabin is minimalist and modern in the style of the 308's i-Cockpit.

Peugeot's latest Hybrid4 system powers the concept for 335bhp, achieved via a four cylinder 1.6 litre petrol engine and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle.

BMW 9 Series

This could be apocryphal, but rumours are flying around that BMW plans to introduce a new flagship luxury saloon range in China. It's all, er, Chinese whispers at the moment, but the Mercedes S-Class challenging 9 Series would be a larger, more upmarket development of the 7 Series.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

This concept has been a regular player at most of the last few motor shows and may eventually graduate to production status. In China, Infiniti will be demonstrating how it has used input from F1 ace, Sebastian Vettel, in its development of the performance saloon, which is powered by the same engine as the Nissan GT-R.

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