Just earlier today, Hyundai announced officially it will launch a brand new small crossover named as Hyundai Bayon. A preview of the Hyundai Bayonne was seen in teasers, providing a hint of what the new compact SUV will look like. The next SUV will rank below the Hyundai Kona in the European range of the brand. This new model will be the entry point into the European Hyundai lineup and will rank below the Kona in the lineup. Bayon will be based on the Hyundai i20 platform. It will sit a little higher and share most of its artistic foundation with the little hatch. This includes the engines as well and we think you'll only get the most powerful 1.0-liter turbo.
The posted teaser shows the LED taillight in the shape of a crescent for the new SUV Bayon and slightly off the rear. Expect a rugged, off-road-inspired body kit in line with SUV activity aspirations, a hi-tech interior with plenty of connectivity and advanced driver aids fitted as standard change in the upcoming SUV. Spy photos from testing a small crossover indicated that this new model was a solid i20 and an ultimate replacement for the i20 Active on sale in overseas markets. In the i20, it is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and we believe both options will remain to Bayon as well.
That means a range of petrol-only engines that include a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine with 85 hp, a lightweight turbocharged 100 hp and 1.0 liter hybrid and an advanced 120 hp version of the same engine. 5 and 6-speed manual gearboxes will be available, as well as a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available for upcoming Bayon SUV. The new crossover can be described as the spiritual successor to the i20 Active. It goes without saying that it will likely only be available in an FWD configuration, as no one really needs an all-wheel drive in this affordable segment.
It should be revealed soon, as Hyundai has promised to launch Bayon in Europe during the first half of 2021. For markets like Nepal, Hyundai already has the Venue as its smallest SUV offering. Although Hyundai did have the i20 Active in Nepal on sale earlier, considering the price and position of the Venue compact SUV, an Nepal launch for the Bayon is unlikely.