And we've already spied it in action.
Back in the summer, a trademark filing suggested Hyundai is plotting an all-new model called the Bayon. We were right to be suspicious because Hyundai has now confirmed the Bayon will be the name of a new entry-level SUV slotting below the Kona.
When it goes on sale in Europe in the first half of 2021, it will become the fifth member of Hyundai's SUV family sold alongside the Kona, Tucson, Nexo, and Santa Fe. The name is inspired by the city of Bayonne in the southwest of France and was chosen because the Bayon is "primarily a European product" - so don't get your hopes up for a US launch.
"Hyundai is strongly established in the European SUV market already, in terms of our model range as well as our sales success. By launching a new, additional B-segment (subcompact in the US) model as the entry point into our SUV line-up, we see a great opportunity to cover European customers' demand even better and to increase our offering in a highly popular segment," said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product at Hyundai.
A teaser image previews the Bayon's boomerang-shaped taillights, but photos of a prototype test model captured by our spy photographers just hours after the announcement offer a better look at Hyundai's new baby SUV.
Unfortunately, the prototype is covered up so we don't get a clear look at the design details, but the taillight design matches the teaser. As for the interior, we can see the Bayon will feature a digital instrument cluster and a floating infotainment system.
Since the Bayon will be based on the same platform as the Hyundai i20, it should also share the tiny hatchback's 1.0-liter turbo engine. In the i20, this unit produces up to 118 horsepower. Hyundai also recently unveiled the hot i20 N, a Fiesta ST fighter that packs a 1.6-liter turbo rated at 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque, and with more N models in the pipeline, a Bayon N could be in the pipeline.