Hyundai unveils a new urban SUV: the Bayon. The latter measures 4.18 m long and will compete with the Renault Captur and other Peugeot 2008. Presentation …

Peugeot and Renault can tremble! After launching a new very successful generation of the Tucson in the compact SUV segment, Hyundai is now attacking the urban SUV market by unveiling the Bayon, the future rival of the Captur and other 2008 in particular!

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Named after the city of Bayonne

The model owes its name to the French city of Bayonne, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64). Hyundai announces that it was inspired by the activities linked to the mountains and the ocean that characterize the Basque Country to design this vehicle. This is not necessarily obvious at first glance …

Small on the outside, big on the inside

Anyway, the Bayon was specially designed for the European market. It measures 4.18m long, 1.77m wide, 1.49m high and 2.58m wheelbase. Despite these contained dimensions, Hyundai promises a beautiful interior roominess with in particular a legroom of 88 cm at the rear. Its trunk volume is announced at 411 liters and ground clearance up to 183 mm.

An SUV with a strong personality

In terms of style, the Bayon presents a personality to say the least assertive with very taut and sharp lines. At the front, we immediately recognize the family relationship with the Kona with a two-stage look made up in particular of very slender projectors. As on the Kona, there is also a wide grille and a large horizontal air intake.

In profile, however, the sides are here much more sculpted while the stern is completely specific. The rear window, in the shape of an arrow, accommodates boomerang lights which are interconnected by a thin red luminous border. At the front as at the back, silver protective shoes come to assert a little more the side “adventurer” of the machine.

Inside, the atmosphere is neat but nothing revolutionary so far. The instrument cluster is digital and measures 10.25 inches, while the central screen, positioned at the top of the dashboard, like a tablet, is advertised at 8 or 10.25 inches. The South Korean manufacturer is also promising connected services and numerous safety and driver assistance systems (active lane keeping assistance, sign recognition system, etc.).

48V light hybrid gasoline engines

Finally, under the hood, Hyundai installs the 100 or 120 hp T-GDI 1.0L petrol unit, with 48V light hybridization and 6iMT intelligent 6-speed manual or DCT7 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 100 hp T-GDI 1.0L version is also available without micro-hybridization. The catalog also includes an 84 hp 1.2L MPI petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission.

The Hyundai Bayon will be marketed in Europe in first semester 2021.

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