Designed primarily for the European market, the crossover has been named Bayon in reference to the French city of Bayonne – a hub for outdoor sporting activities – which Hyundai says highlights “the lifestyle character” of the new model.
Given the model’s size and positioning, it can be expected to share much of its mechanical make-up with existing Hyundai and Kia models. A pure-electric version is unlikely, given the imminent arrival of the similarly sized Ioniq 5 EV.
It is likely that, as with the Toyota Yaris Cross and Ford Puma, the Bayon will take its underpinnings from a smaller-bodied supermini, in this case the i20.
That would mean a petrol-only engine line-up comprising an 84bhp naturally aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder, a mild-hybridised 99bhp 1.0-litre turbo and a 118bhp range-topping version of the same engine. Five- and six-speed manual gearboxes would be available, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Expect a chunky, off-road-inspired body kit in line with the SUV’s activity aspirations and a tech-heavy interior with a raft of connectivity and advanced driver aids fitted as standard.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai’s vice president of marketing and product, said: “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 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.”
More details will arrive closer to the Bayon’s expected on-sale date of mid-2021.