Hyundai Motor revealed Hyundai BAYON today, an all-new crossover SUV designed specifically for Europe. As a B-segment SUV, BAYON will be the latest and smallest member of Hyundai’s expanding SUV family. The Bayon features a compact exterior with a long list of intelligent safety and connectivity features.
The name Bayon was inspired by a vacation hotspot: Bayonne, the capital of the French Basque Country and one of the most beautiful destinations in the south-west of France. As Bayon is designed to meet the demands of the European market, the company decided to give it a European name.
On the outside, the car gets a wide grille opens at the bottom. It sports three-part main lights combined with air intakes. A horizontal air intake band and DRLs establish width, and a lower skid plate confirms its SUV identity.
On the side, a dynamic shoulder provides a wedge-shaped appearance. The arrow-shaped C-pillar provides dynamic and unexpected architecture. This, in combination with fender feature and cladding, defines its unique character.
To the rear the car sports arrow-shaped lights and their far-out position creates a wide stance. In addition, there’s a thin horizontal line connecting the taillights. Full LED lights and indicators complete its modern look. The Bayon is available with 15-inch steel wheels or 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels.
A total of nine exterior colours are available, including a new launch colour, Mangrove Green. An optional two-tone roof in Phantom Black is also available with several exterior colours.
On the inside, the Bayon gets LED ambient lighting technology integrated into the front passenger foot areas, door wells, and front door pull handle areas, as well as the storage area below the centre console. The interior is defined by a range of connectivity equipment, including a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 10.25-inch AVN or 8-inch Display Audio. The car comes standard with a Full Black cloth interior, with two other optional colour combinations available.
Passengers can choose between a 10.25-inch AVN screen or an 8-inch Display Audio. The 8-inch Display Audio includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two USB ports for the front passengers and one for the rear make it possible for up to three devices to charge simultaneously. One of the front ports also allows data transfer, enabling occupants to connect their phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system. A premium Bose sound system completes the package, promising occupants a high-quality listening experience.
In addition, Bayon is also equipped with the latest Hyundai Bluelink upgrade, meaning users can benefit from state-of-the-art Connected Car Services. The latest Bluelink includes services such as Connected Routing and a new User Profile feature. New to this generation of Bluelink is Calendar Integration. This means the driver can mirror their Google or Apple calendar in the vehicle’s infotainment system. If the calendar appointment also has an address, it can be imported directly into the vehicle’s navigation system.
In addition, customers can locate, lock and unlock their car remotely using the Bluelink app, or check vehicle information such as maintenance required or fuel levels.
In terms of safety, the car gets Lane Following Assist (LFA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) first sounds an alarm, then, if necessary, applies the brakes to prevent a collision from occurring. This feature includes car, pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as Junction Turning, which can apply the brakes to prevent a collision with an oncoming car when turning left at an intersection. Another advanced feature, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), uses data from the vehicle’s navigation system to adjust speed autonomously when driving on a highway or expressway.
Bayon also includes several features that gently redirect the driver’s attention when their focus slips. Driver Attention Warning (DAW) analyses driving patterns to help detect drowsy or distracted driving. This system works in tandem with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), which alerts the driver when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving forward and they do not react quickly enough. In addition, Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) notifies the driver before leaving the vehicle if sensors detect movement in the back seat. This makes BAYON even safer for rear passengers, including children or pets, making it a great choice for families.
Still other features ensure safety when driving at low speeds, or when parking. Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R) provides a warning and, if necessary, applies the brakes when a rear obstacle is detected when the car is reversing slowly. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) assists drivers in a similar manner when they are backing out of a parking space and another car passes by. And Parking Assist (PA) allows for semi-autonomous parking, with a range of sensors and software working together to help drivers get into tight spaces.
At the top of the line-up is a 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with 48V and 120 or 100 PS. This can be coupled with the 6-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (6iMT) or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT).
The 100 PS version of the 1.0-litre T-GDi is also available without 48V and can be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission (6MT) or 7DCT.
The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with and without 48V also comes with three drive modes to optimise the engine response and steering performance based on driving conditions. These are Eco, Normal and Sport.
A 1.2-litre MPi engine with 84 PS paired with 5MT is available as well. Bayon is the first Hyundai SUV to come equipped with Rev Matching, a feature usually reserved for Hyundai’s high-performance models. Rev matching synchronises the engine to the output shaft, allowing for smoother or sportier downshifts. It will be available for the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine when paired with the 7DCT for all drive modes, and for the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with 48V when paired with the 6iMT in Sport mode.