With the Bayon, the Hyundai i20 gets a brother in SUV format.
Hyundai continues to accelerate: After the Koreans have just launched the Ioniq5, they are now positioning the new Bayon against competitors such as the Opel Mokka, the Ford Puma or the VW T-Cross. It should stir up the segment of small city SUVs this spring and thus become a sidekick for the Kona. The Koreans opted for a striking design: “We are convinced that his unique and self-confident design with its clear lines and arrow-shaped light signature will give him an excellent entry into the flourishing European B-SUV segment,” says chief designer Luc Donckerwolke.
While the Kona is designed as a true SUV, the Bayon uses the platform of the new i20. This means that all-wheel drive is ruled out for him, the front wheels have to be sufficient for traction. But with a length of 4.18 meters and a wheelbase of 2.58 meters, there is the better package with plenty of space in all seats and over 400 liters of trunk. And above all, there is the more modern technology: It starts with the digital cockpit, an infotainment system with a large touchscreen and the latest generation of the Bluelink online system and extends to a close-knit network of assistants including active lane guidance and distance control.
For Europe only
Two of the three petrol engines are available with 48-volt mild hybrid technology – sometimes only for an extra charge. It starts with a 1.2 liter four-cylinder vacuum cleaner that generates 84 hp. Above that ranks a 1-liter three-cylinder turbo with 100 or 120 hp, the more powerful always being a mild hybrid. Shifting is done by hand with five or six gears or with a seven-stage dual clutch transmission.
Unlike the Kona, the Bayon was developed solely for Europe. This is shown not least by the name. Because while one is named after a famous beach in Hawaii, this time the Koreans have chosen the southern French city of Bayonne as their godparents. Prices for the new Hyundai series are not yet known.
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