Hyundai reveals its latest crossover, the Bayon!
It's never over when a brand is rolling-out SUVs and crossovers.
Hyundai can be attributed as one of the most ambitious brands in the neoteric times. With Covid upsetting many brands and their fastidious honchos, Hyundai was still on a revealing and launching binge with so many cars fitting the shelves of various segments.
At a time, when most are speculating an Ute and a high-performance machine from them, they have given us yet another crossover. It's called the Bayon and in case you're wondering, it won't be powered by ions. This is to say that it will be launched with an 83 hp 1.2-litre engine as the entry-point and a succulent 100 hp tune from the 1.0-litre turbocharged mill which the brand has been democratizing and plonking under the bonnet of their small cars such as the i10 and the i20.
Before that, its purpose of coming to life. It is believed that the Bayon will be offered as an SUV sibling to the i20 which is expected to bequeath its platform to this youthful creature. Its supply and sales will also be restricted to a few markets where the brand has no plans to sell its most affordable compact SUV, the Venue. See it coming as a good news as it appears to look fresher and more imposing than the former while also being longer, taller and wider in sheer girth than the Venue. It clinches the scales at 4.18m, 1.77m and 1.49m in length, width and height, respectively.
The facade with its crisp lines, petite LEDs and headlights forming a boomerang looks menacing and the hunkered stance will help it gain advantage in crash test as well. The triangular grille outlined by a chrome element at the bottom is a noteworthy feature which doesn't look overdone.
The side profile appears to be slightly busy with too many creases adorning the surface. Its high window line adds some weight to its stance but can also restrict visibility for the rear occupants. However, shift your focus to the rear and you will appreciate the wedged tail lamps connecting a light bar and a sporty contrast of a black bar with the sea gray shade in which the car drops the wraps off.
If you are a Hyundai aficionado or even have a faint impression of the i20's interior you will be quick to point out that this is just a rehash of the hatchback's interior. That's not a preposterous thing to accept as the i20 too sports a pretty sophisticated, luxe and sporty feeling. This also means the car gets a 10.25" touchscreen to control the apps, reverse parking camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation. It also permits you to alter the decibel levels to set the right volume to indulge into great family time. The instrument binnacle is fully digital and the gargantuan graphics ode to the future. The steel inlays around the dash, gear lever and the contrasting shade of black with beige adds a sense of airiness to the car. Being longer than the i20 also means a cavernous boot so you can haul in some additional baggages. However, it might not be as big as the Kona which is still a tad bigger.
Come to think of it as an alternative to the Venue and a beefier i20 and it starts making sense. However, I can't help but to ask the question, is it really needed? In terms of design and space, it comes too close to the Kona which is also more powerful with its 2.0-liter engine. This means that Hyundai will have to price it very aggressively in order for this new entrant in Hyundai's limeup to continue building a robust case for itself.