Hyundai has revealed its newest light SUV, the Bayon, which brings more European flair into the growing crossover segment.
In fact, the Bayon is exclusive to Europe, with it based on the i20 light hatchback that – with the exception of its upcoming N performance flagship – also isn’t sold in Australia.
As such, Hyundai Australia will continue to offer the similarly sized Venue light SUV as its Mazda CX-3, Toyota Yaris Cross, Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma, Nissan Juke and Kia Stonic rival for the foreseeable future, although the Bayon arguably offers a more contemporary experience.
Styling-wise, the Bayon adopts the Korean brand’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language, complete with a Kona-style front, Tucson-style sides and an i20-style rear.
Inside, the Bayon could be mistaken for an i30 sedan, with it pairing an 8.0- or 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system with a 10.25 digital instrument cluster, with the latter preceded by a four-spoke steering wheel.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with intersection assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, steering and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and park assist, among others.
Petrol engine options include a 62kW 1.2-litre naturally four-cylinder and a 74kW or 88kW 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder with or without a 48V mild-hybrid system. The former is mated to a five-speed manual, while the latter can be had with a six-speed unit or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.