It seems that Hyundai can't stop making more crossovers. From the Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, and the Palisade, Hyundai has a crossover for every discriminating buyer. Soon, a new member will be joining the automaker's long line of crossovers.
It's called the Bayon, and Hyundai recently released a teaser image of the upcoming model. It is set to be launched in the first half of 2021 and will sit alongside the B-segment Kona. But could this mean the Bayon will ransack sales from the popular Kona?
According to Hyundai, the Bayon, which was inspired by the city of Bayonne in Southwestern France, will primarily be offered only in Europe. Positioned between the Atlantic Coast and the Pyrenees Mountains, the French town is a great location for those that enjoy activities like sailing and hiking. With it, perhaps the Bayon is geared towards lifestyle-oriented customers.
Hyundai is still coy with the crossover's exact specifications. However, rumors are going around that it's based on the i20 in Europe. This means it might replace the i20 Active that is essentially a jacked-up version of the hatchback. Based on the lone teaser photo provided, the Bayon will have a unique set of taillights.
Engine details regarding the Bayon also remain a mystery. But given that it might use the i20 platform, it could be powered by a wide array of compact three- or four-cylinder engines that deliver 83 PS to 120 PS. A choice between a six-speed manual or a CVT might also be available once it's officially released.
With Hyundai not yet revealing the all-new Bayon in its entirety, all we can do now is wait for its official reveal. As to whether the Bayon will affect sales of the Kona, that remains to be seen.