Hyundai unveils the all-new Bayon small SUV
The i20 with a crossover flavor
SUVs are an extremely profitable segment in Europe with a market share now approaching the symbolic 50% mark. In such a favorable context, Hyundai is shifting up a gear and is today unveiling a new model, the Bayon, which will join the Kona in the Korean manufacturer's range.
With a length of 4.18 m, a height of 1.49 m and a width of 1.77 m, the Bayon has dimensions similar to those of the Kona, which fully integrates it into the B segment. But unlike the Kona, which has a sporty style, the Bayon has a more family feel, with higher interior dimensions, including a 411 litre boot.
In terms of style, the Bayon is unsurprisingly original, with a front end featuring lights distributed over two floors in the Kona style. The strong prominence of the front grille combined with triangular headlights gives the SUV a distinctive face. In profile, there is a climbing body line with numerous body folds.
The stern is not to be outdone with boomerang-shaped taillights linked by a thin edging that joins the rear window to the lower part of the tailgate. A skid plate is present at the front and at the rear to reinforce the SUV aspect of the beast. Seven colors will be available with an optional toned roof.
The interior features a dashboard largely borrowed from the i20 city car. This features a sleek dashboard with two 10.25-inch screens on the high-end versions. The Bayon offers three USB ports, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Bose sound system.
In addition to a range of connected services, the Bluelink system allows communication between the vehicle and a smartphone. In terms of safety, the Bayon can be equipped with Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Vehicle Restart Alert.
As far as engines are concerned, the Bayon hides two petrol units under its bonnet. The entry-level model is powered by a 1.2 MPi engine developing 84 PS combined with a five-speed manual gearbox. The top of the range is embodied by the 1.0 T-GDi with 48V mild-hybrid producing 100 PS. It is combined with an intelligent six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic transmission.