Hyundai has revealed the all-new Bayon in the international markets. While there are no comments from Hyundai India on its launch in the Indian market, it is essentially the replacement of the Hyundai i20 Active from the brand’s line-up globally. The Bayon is positioned between the Hyundai Venue and the Hyundai Creta and is based on the same i20 platform.
The Bayon will take on the Volkswagen T-Cross, Nissan Juke, Ford Puma, Renault Captur and more such vehicles in the international markets. It is primarily aimed at the European markets at the moment. What makes the all-new car more interesting is its underpinnings. It shares the platform with the all-new i20 but the upper part looks quite different. It follows the SUV design language of the brand and looks inspired by the design of the updated Kona. The wheelbase of both i20 and the Bayon is the same at 2,580mm.
The front of the Bayon gets thin DRLs and the headlamp clusters are positioned down below with an arrow shape. The rear also gets arrow-shaped tail lamps. Since it is marketed as an entry-level SUV, it gets strong design lines all around. There are strong shoulder lines on the sides and the roofline swoops down adding a crossover look. To add muscular and rugged looks, the Bayon also gets cladding all around and there are faux-skid plates at the front and the rear too.
Design of the cabin matches with the all-new i20. The all-black dashboard and its layout are similar to the i20. Even the steering wheel and the 10.25-inch display are the same as the i20 offers. It gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with a mild-hybrid system.
Launch in India?
After the launch of the all-new i20, Hyundai India did not comment on the launch of the i20 Active. It should be noted that when Hyundai launched the i20 Active in the Indian market, the Venue was not present in the line-up. To compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Hyundai launched the i20 Active crossover that was basically a jacked-up version of the i20. Now that the Venue is available in the market and is quite successful too, there is no gap left for the i20 Active or its replacement – the Bayon. If launched, the Bayon will take on the likes of Honda WR-V and the higher-end variants of the Ford Freestyle.
Hyundai is working on a new crossover that will take on the upcoming HBX in the Indian market. The all-new car is codenamed the AX and it is currently on test in Korea. Hyundai will launch the production version by the end of this year.