Hyundai, whose joint venture in China is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, unveiled the Elantra Langdong at the ongoing Beijing show. Langdong, which can be translated as a “dynamic (car) for the young, new generation,” is based on the C-segment ‘MD’ Elantra, but with a more conventional chrome bar grille. Which face do you prefer?

As with our Elantra, Hyundai’s 1.6L (Gamma) and 1.8L (Nu) MPI engines with D-CVVT will be offered on Langdong. With six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, and Active ECO driving mode, Hyundai claims best in class fuel economy in China.

Premium features include a navigation system, dual-zone auto air con, ventilated/heated powered seats, push start button, side airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system, among other things.

Also, Hyundai will introduce its Blue Link infotainment system in the Langdong. Blue Link offers a variety of features such as safety and maintenance alerts, navigation and remote control. This Blue Link service will be introduced throughout the brand’s range in China this year.

The Langdong will be produced at Hyundai’s new, third plant in Beijing in the second half of 2012. Currently under construction, the plant will raise Hyundai’s maximum production capacity in China to one million units.

Click here for our local launch report and here for our review of the Elantra.