Chinese car designers are rarely lauded for their efforts, mostly because of the country’s reputation for ‘borrowing’ designs from other brands, but a number of local carmakers are helping to turn around the bad rep with several interesting concepts planned for this month’s Beijing Motor Show. We’ve already seen Geely’s sporty GT concept, a new coupe with swooping lines and a very original front grille that looks both svelte and alluring.

Now we have a preview of Changan Auto’s V802 Concept, a compact hatch in a similar segment to the Honda Fit or Mazda2. Changan hasn’t confirmed any production plans, but when you consider how close to production this concept already seems we believe the green-light is a sure bet. Next month’s Beijing event should also provide us with more clues about the car’s future, including the new mechanical package residing underneath its sheet metal.

The sheer number of Chinese carmakers planning hatchback concepts for this year’s Beijing event shows the market is maturing and is now looking past the sedan. You can see our previous story on Geely’s new CE hatch concept by clicking here.