New Hyundai entry-level SUV named Bayon
Hyundai has announced its new SUV for the international market, primarily Europe, will be called the Bayon. This new B-segment model will be the entry point to the Hyundai SUV line-up and be placed below the Kona.
The Bayon is expected to be based on a version of the K-series platform that recently debuted with the new i20 in India. This points to a familiar range of engine and gearbox options, although the i20 is not available with the India-spec diesel in many European markets. The mainstay for the European market should be the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol with either 100PS or 120PS and 172 Nm. Gearbox choices should be the 7-speed DCT, the 6-speed manual and the iMT. The 1.w-litre N/A petrol with 83PS/88PS and 114 Nm may be an option too paired with the 5-speed manual or CVT.
Hyundai will release more details on the Bayon in the coming weeks. The features list should be quite similar to the Venue and i20, although this teaser suggests completely unique styling reminiscent of the latest sharp-edged Hyundais.
Keeping Hyundai's tradition of naming it's SUVs after cities or locales the Bayon derives its name from Bayonne, a town in the southwest of France. A French name was chosen given this model's European focus while Bayonne was seen as the ideal fit for the many lifestyle activities the town offers, in keeping with this SUV's positioning as a lifestyle offering.
The Hyundai Bayon should compete with cars like the Skoda Kamiq, VW T-Cross, Ford Puma a Toyota Yaris Cross. There is no word yet on whether this SUV eventually comes to India.
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