Hyundai reveals new i20-based Bayon crossover SUV

Simran Rastogi Published: March 02, 2021, 04:52 PM IST

Hyundai has added another crossover to its ever-growing list of SUVs, with the new Bayon being the most compact in the line-up. Based on the international-spec i20, which is slightly longer than the version sold here in India, the Bayon measures in at 4,180mm in length (compared to the sub-4m Indian i20), riding on an identical 2,580mm long wheelbase. At 1,500mm tall (on the optional 17-inch wheels) with 183mm of ground clearance, it's even nearly the same height! Cargo capacity is up to 411 litres (100-litres more than the India-spec i20), while the mechanicals will be the same - offering a 1.2-litre NA petrol, and a 1.0-litre turbo, including the same 120PS-spec but paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system. The Bayon is expected to sit just under the Kona in the international line-up, in markets where the Venue isn't offered. 

Its exterior design falls under the Sensuous Sportiness ambit, with some of its sharp cues taken from the new-gen Tucson, while its arrow-shaped lights tie it back to the i20. Three-part headlights are in the bumper, with air intakes splitting the width between the LED DRLs at the leading edge of the hood. As is now tradition for crossovers, a contrast skid plate and wheel arch cladding helps establish its SUV intentions, though the Bayon will be strictly FWD, as is the i20. The arrow-shaped theme continues in the C-pillar, with the extended rear quarter glass helping the impression of space. 

The interiors are lifted from the i20, featuring the same dashboard layout with twin 10.25-inch digital screens doubling up for infotainment and the instrumentation. The infotainment features upgraded BlueLink, Hyundai's connected tech, now with connected routing including live parking space information. Interior colours span all black, dark grey/light grey and dark grey/Safari green stitching/inserts. With front/rear legroom figures at ,1072/882mm, the Bayon appears like it may actually trail the i20's 938mm of rear legroom. The rear shoulder room of 1,390mm is identical between the two cars. That 411-litre boot can be expanded to 1,205-litres. 

Speaking engine specifics, the Bayon will be offered with a 1.2-litre petrol (84PS) with a 5-speed manual, while the 1.0-litre T-GDi will be offered in two states of tune, a 100PS and the full 120PS, with 48V mild-hybrid assistance, with transmission options spanning a 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, or 7-speed DCT, with a claimed 0-100kmph of 10.4s for the 120PS DCT-equipped model. With McPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear, the Bayon's cycle parts only differ from the India-spec i20 in offering disc brakes on the rear as well. 

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 6.8 Lakhs
Displacement
1493cc
Transmission
Manual
Max Power(ps)
83
Max Torque(Nm)
241
Mileage
-NA-
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