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Hyundai i20-based Bayon Crossover Unveiled: 5 Things You Should Know


The Bayon is Hyundai’s entry-level crossover that will be sold in the European market

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Hyundai has revealed the Bayon, an entry-level crossover that sits below the Kona and Tucson. Based on the new i20, the Bayon is Hyundai's entry-level SUV in the European market (taking it as a Euro counterpart of the Venue). While it may be based on a premium hatchback, the Bayon’s styling barely resembles the new i20. Here are five things you need to know:

Does It Resemble The i20?

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The new Bayon, which follows Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, borrows plenty of cues from the facelifted Kona and new Tucson. All the design elements that are trending in the current world have been implemented here.  

For example, the split headlamps, which can be seen in many new age SUVs, are present here. Then there’s the wide grille that demands for your attention. It also sits much higher than the i20 and gets plenty of body cladding for a tough look. The only design elements that’s similar to the hatchback are the sharp flowing character lines and the black plastic on the tailgate to break visual mass. 

Does It Get An Unique Interior?

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Where the Bayon has a lot in common with the i20 is on the inside. It utilises the same dashboard, albeit in a black-light grey colour scheme (seats come finished in black). That means the large 10.25-inch floating infotainment system and 10.25-inch digital driver’s display have been retained from the Euro-spec i20. Other highlights include the Audi-esque faux AC vents that run through the passenger-side of the dashboard. 

Features On Board

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In typical Hyundai fashion, the Bayon comes loaded with features. Highlights include connected car tech, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose sound system, ambient lighting, cruise control, and a sunroof. Notable safety features include lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot collision warning, and driver attention warning. 

Powertrain Options

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The Bayon is offered with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in two states of tune: 100PS/172Nm and 120PS/172Nm. Both engines are paired to a 48V mild hybrid system and can be had with either Hyundai’s 6-speed clutchless manual (iMT) or a 7-speed DCT. 

Three driving modes -- Eco, Normal, and Sport -- alter the engine and steering response. 

Will It Come To India?

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Even though Hyundai assembles the new i20 in India, chances of seeing the Bayon are slim as Hyundai already sells the Venue as its entry-level SUV. 

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