Hyundai has released more revealing teaser images of its forthcoming Bayon compact crossover.
In November 2020, Hyundai released a teaser image of the taillight of a new compact crossover called Bayon. Now, further teasers have been released which are more revealing. See the images in the gallery.
The Bayon is the latest product offering from Hyundai and traces its name to the French city of Bayonne. In terms of size, this new crossover is a B-segment vehicle. That means it effectively sits below Kona in the Hyundai crossover line-up.
Product planners for Bayon are going to use the i20 platform. Although i20 and Kona are not that much different in size, Hyundai believes there is sufficient differentiation in the market for a viable business case for Bayon.
Bayon is expected to be revealed in the first half of 2021 and may very well be a Europe-only model as the Venue currently serves markets outside of Europe, including South Africa. It, therefore, wouldn't make sense for Hyundai to offer the Venue and Bayon in the same market.
There are no concrete mechanical details relating to this new Hyundai, but one can extrapolate that powertrains will be broadly similar to that found in i20.
As a compact crossover, the Bayon will be front-wheel-drive. That means the i20’s 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine, good for 62 kW, should be an entry-level option.
For those who seek a bit more performance from the Bayon, Hyundai should also offer its turbocharged three-cylinder engine, enhanced with mild-hybridization. Two output grades of this engine exist (74 kW and 88 kW), and either would serve as a credible powertrain for the i20.
Gearbox options should follow on from the i20 powertrain specification and offer a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch for Hyundai’s latest crossover.
Look out for more details closer to the official Bayon launch in the coming months.