Bold new Hyundai Bayon SUV: pictures and first details

  • First details of Hyundai’s bold, small SUV
  • ‘Intelligent’ manual gearbox, big-car tech
  • Petrol only, on sale summer 2021

Hyundai’s new Bayon SUV has been revealed. It’s designed to be a belated replacement to the ix20, and brings with it some big car technology.

The new Bayon has a huge number of rivals to fight off for your cash, taking on everything from Ford’s Puma to the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke and new Vauxhall Mokka.

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Striking looks as standard

Unlike the ix20, the Bayon’s exterior can’t be described as anonymous, which is something that’s almost a requirement in order to stick out in one of the most crowded areas of the car market.

Green 2021 Hyundai Bayon side elevation

There are some familiar Hyundai cues here: split headlights at the front like the Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe, and a glass-heavy rear end with very interesting kinks in the surfacing.

Hyundai has listed several new colours (including the new Mangrove Green, pictured) that can be accented by an optional black roof.

What about on the inside?

Inside, a lot of the design has been taken from the i20 hatchback: big screen in the centre, digital dials, straked vents that stretch across the width of the dashboard.

Green 2021 Hyundai Bayon dashboard

Bluelink connected services include information like cloud-based navigation for more switched-on route planning and, where applicable, live parking info including where there are spaces available and how much it’ll set you back.

As for safety tech, every Bayon has lane-keeping, high beam and speed limit assistance as standard, as well as an alert when it notices the car in front pull away in traffic.

Green 2021 Hyundai Bayon rear seats

As for space, it’s about average in terms of space available in the Bayon, with a 411-litre boot – a smidge smaller than you’d get on a Nissan Juke or Ford Puma.

What engines does the Bayon have?

There’s no hybrid – plug-in or regular – here, neither is there an electric variant like the Vauxhall Mokka-e or Peugeot e-2008.

Instead, there’s a base-spec 1.2-litre petrol, but the (slightly) more interesting options come in the shape of a 1.0-litre turbo with either 100 or 120hp – both of which have mild-hybrid assistance. There’s no diesel option.

Green 2021 Hyundai Bayon front elevation

Go for one of these and you have the choice of a six-speed ‘intelligent’ manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

That manual option allows at-speed coasting when you release the accelerator – something usually reserved for the most sophisticated automatics - in order to boost fuel efficiency. When put into Sport mode, the intelligent manual also has rev matching – something only seen thus far on Hyundai’s N performance range.

What this means for you

Prices aren’t confirmed yet, but Hyundai says the Bayon will be available in summer 2021.

Expect it to be pricier than an i20, but cheaper than the Kona.

Parkers will be among the first to drive the all-new Hyundai Bayon SUV so keep this page bookmarked for the very latest news and views.

Further reading:

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Green 2021 Hyundai Bayon rear three-quarter