Hyundai swells SUV ranks with Bayon

Hyundai is bestowing yet another new model upon us, writes William Scholes

Hyundai Bayon

HYUNDAI is bestowing yet another new model upon us, writes William Scholes.

So prolific is Hyundai these days that it can be a little difficult to keep up with the latest goings on. This one is a small SUV called the Bayon, which seems to slot in beneath its other smallish SUV, the Kona.

Still, there is clearly huge appetite for all things SUV and Hyundai seems to know what it is doing.

The Bayon carries a lot of hardware from the i20 and is cloaked in the sort of interesting looking bodywork that may look more successful in real life than it does in these photographs.

Hyundai Bayon

Still, the paintwork is a nice colour ('mangrove green pearl', if you're interested) and it is an undeniably distinctive thing.

We're told that the Bayon will arrive with a single engine choice - a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, available with outputs of either 99bhp or 118bhp.

You can have an optional 48-volt mild-hybrid system if you wish. Gearboxes are seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual which can disconnect itself from the engine while coasting. Unusually, the mild-hybrid with the manual gearbox gets 'rev matching' technology for sportier gear shifts - a feature typically seen on performance cars.

The Bayon is due to reach showrooms later this year.

Hyundai Bayon

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