The distinctively styled Bayon has arrived as the new entry point into Hyundai’s expanding SUV range. It will take on rivals including the Ford Puma and Peugeot 2008 in the hotly contested small crossover segment.
Slim, high-mounted LED daytime-running lights and prominent creases along the body sides are hallmarks of its maker’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language. It “solidifies Hyundai’s SUV design direction”, said styling chief Luc Donckerwolke, hinting at a similar treatment for future models.
The Bayon’s maximum ride height of 183mm is said to give it an edge over “most other vehicles” in its segment, while a contrasting skidplate and black lower-body cladding affirm its place in Hyundai’s SUV line-up.
The urban-focused car’s interior has been designed with a focus on utility, space and comfort: a 2580mm wheelbase allows front-seat passengers 1072mm of leg room, while the rear seats offer 882mm, and the 411-litre boot can be extended to 1205 litres with the split rear bench folded flat.
The Bayon’s cabin can be decorated in a “carefully selected natural range” of colours and materials, with a choice of black or two-tone grey cloth upholstery.
A 10.25in digital instrument panel is standard and a 10.25in infotainment touschreen can be specified as an upgrade on the standard 8.0in display. LED ambient lighting for the footwells, storage cubbies and door-handle surrounds is also available, as are a Bose sound system, wireless device charging and wireless smartphone mirroring.