New Hyundai Bayon SUV previewed before 2021 reveal

Hyundai Bayon crossover to replace i20 Active in Europe

Called the "Bayon", the newcomer is expected to hit the market in Europe in the first half of 2021. The Hyundai Bayon will join Hyundai's European crossover lineup and join the Kona, Tucson, Nexo and Santa Fe models.

"Hyundai is strongly established in the European SUV market already, in terms of our model range as well as our sales success", said VP of marketing & product, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann. This new B-segment model will be the entry point to the Hyundai SUV line-up and be placed below the Kona.

Currently, the i20 high price is the issue and launching a crossover version of the vehicle might not be something that might not be great for the market right now.

Since Hyundai Bayon is primarily intended for Europe, the company made a decision to name it after the European city of Bayonne in southwestern France. A French name was chosen given this model's European focus while Bayonne was seen as the ideal fit for the many lifestyle activities the town offers, in keeping with this SUV's positioning as a lifestyle offering.

Almost two years ago, Automotive News Europe learned from Hyundai about the possibility of a pint-sized crossover for the Old Continent.

Hyundai will reveal more details about the Bayon in the near future. It remains to be seen whether the naturally aspirated engine will be offered for the Bayon or Hyundai will decide to go turbo-only. At the front, it will get a vertically-split headlamp setup, much like the Hyundai Venue. From the spy pictures, we know that the Bayon will get a muscular exterior design.

It seems unlikely that Hyundai will consider the new Bayon SUV for India yet. Hyundai never chose to bring in the i30 model to India simply because it didn't see too many takers.

So where does the name Bayon come from? However, the official word is not out yet.

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