This year’s edition of the Beijing Motor Show coincided with the 10th anniversary of Hyundai’s joint venture in China. In celebration of the occasion, the Korean automaker revealed the domestic market versions of the Elantra, which has been renamed Langdong, and the Sante Fe SUV, while it also brought along two concept models, one of which is pictured above.
Speaking at a press event in Beijing, Hyundai Vice President Seung-Tack Kim said: “A decade ago, Hyundai was known for making only small cars. Today, our Equus and Genesis luxury cars compete with the best vehicles that Europe can make. Ten years ago, we were a follower in the auto industry. Today, we are a leader – and ready for the future.”
The first concept model at Hyundai’s stand is the Shouwang BHCD-1, a luxury sedan prototype from the sub-brand established by the joint venture between Hyundai and its Chinese partner, Beijing Automotive. The BHCD-1 was first revealed at the Guangzhou auto show last November.
The second concept is the i-oniq, a range-extended electric sports car first seen at the 2012 Geneva Salon in March.
The Chinese market version of the Elantra, the Langdong, will be produced at Hyundai’s new, third plant in Beijing in the second half of this year. Engine options include a 1.6-liter petrol with 126hp (128PS) and a 1.6-liter unit producing 144hp (146PS), linked to either 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
As for the all-new Santa Fe, sales in China will begin in the second half of this year.