Hyundai's new stylish subcompact will go on sale in the first half of 2021.
Hyundai is preparing to broaden its SUV lineup with a new entry-level model that will slot below the funky Kona. Last year, we learned the Korean automaker's new baby SUV will be called the Bayon, a name inspired by the French city Bayonne. Now, Hyundai has offered a more revealing look at the Bayon with new shadowy teaser images that give us a first look at the SUV's handsome face.
Hyundai's new B-segment crossover is the latest model to incorporate the automaker's striking Sensuous Sportiness design language "combining emotional value with innovative solutions in design". This will give the Bayon a "clean, high-tech look."
At the front, a prominent air intake stretches across the entire front fascia, connecting the SUV's wide and narrow daytime running lights. A large grille gives the Bayon a bold presence and the headlamps are separated from the daytime running lights, echoing the split headlight design seen on the Kona.
As we saw in the previous teaser, the rear of the Bayon sports distinctive arrow-shaped taillights connected with a full-width light bar. Hyundai hasn't provided a peek inside the cabin yet, but recent spy shots of a prototype confirms the Bayon will be equipped with a floating display for the infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster.
If Hyundai's recent models like the Kona and the new Tucson and Sonata are anything to go by, the Bayon should be a very stylish-looking subcompact crossover.
Hyundai's new baby SUV will share the same platform as the i20, so it should borrow the hatchback's 1.0-liter turbo engine that produces up to 118 horsepower. Hyundai will release more details about the Bayon before it goes on sale in the first half of 2021. When it goes on sale, it will become Hyundai's fifth SUV sold alongside the Santa Fe, Tucson, Nexo, and Kona. Hyundai hasn't confirmed if it will go on sale in the US, but it seems unlikely since the i20 isn't sold in America and the Korean automaker says the Bayon will be "primarily a European product."