Hyundai has taken off the covers of its new Bayon crossover.
The Hyundai Bayon is built on the i20 compact hatchback platform and the Korean brand is pitching it to the B-segment against things like the Volkswagen T-Cross and Nissan Juke. Named after a particularly pretty area of French Basque Country, it's clear Hyundai is targeting the European market with its offering.
It's 4 180mm long, 1 775mm wide and 1 490mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2 580 mm. Clever packaging means 411 litres of boot space. Customers have the option of 15-inch steel wheels or 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai is claiming a ground clearance of up to 183 mm (in combination with 17-inch alloy wheels)
Inside, customers have digital connectivity options in the form of a digital dashboard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Offered wirelessly with 8-inch Display Audio), Bose Premium Sound System, wireless charging pad, and 3x USB ports (2x front, 1x rear).
In terms of engines, there are 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engines in two states of tune. The entry-level outputs are 74 kW and 172 Nm, while the top-spec model produces 88 kW and 172 Nm. Both derivatives are paired with 48V mild hybrid assistance, and customers can choose from either a 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching tech or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
We're trying to work out where the new Bayon fits in relation to the Kona and the Venue and we suspect there's going to be quite an overlap. Interestingly, the Hyundai Creta is not sold in Europe and we suspect Bayon won't come to SA as we already have the former on sale.
The Hyundai Bayon cabin