Is this a nicer entry-level crossover than the Venue?
Last week, Hyundai teased a new subcompact crossover known as the Bayon. Slotting in below the Kona in Europe, the Bayon will become the brand's new entry-level crossover there. Since we already have the Venue in the US, the Bayon may not make it here. Nevertheless, the teaser showcased a design that appears far more striking than the Venue. To get an even clearer idea of what the new entrant will look like, TopElectricSUV has come up with a neat render using Hyundai's teaser image as a starting point. In it, we can see exceptionally narrow LED daytime running lights blending into the hood above a broad grille.
The headlights are positioned separately and below the daytime DRLs. The headlights appear almost hidden and as part of the grille, but we still prefer the execution of the bigger Tucson's hidden lighting. With its broad stance and sitting quite low to the ground, the Bayon is likely to be more of a tool for weaving in and out of traffic than tackling any serious off-road trails, but this should suit the majority of buyers perfectly well. Although the rear-end of the crossover wasn't rendered, we could already tell from Hyundai's own teaser that it would look markedly different from the brand's other SUVs from behind.
Arrow-shaped taillight elements combine with a full-width lighting bar to give it a modern, high-tech appearance. It all forms part of Hyundai's Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy shared with other products like the boldly styled Elantra sedan, with a more emotive aura than older Hyundai models. A tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged engine making up to 118 horsepower will power the Bayon, confirming its positioning as a lower-end product. Since the Bayon will go on sale in the first half of this year, it shouldn't be too long before we see the production version of the crossover in full.