• The Bayon's name was inspired by a vacation hotspot.
• The model is designed specifically for the European market.
• A 1.0-litre T-GDi with a 48-volt mild hybrid and 1.2-litre MPi engine are the powertrain options.
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South Africa's SUV market is considerably well-stocked, and Hyundai is one of the brands that has milked the segment for all it is worth to get ahead of its rivals.
The Korean brand just recently launched the facelifted Kona locally that sits alongside a number of other stellar SUV offerings like the Creta, Tucson, Venue and Santa Fe.
Designed specifically for European markets, the all-new Bayon crossover SUV is the latest addition to the ever-growing family. Why the name Bayon you might be wondering? Its name was inspired by a vacation hotspot: Bayonne, the capital of the French Basque Country in the southwest of France.
Obviously then the Bayon won't be marked for the local market, but it's also interesting to note that Europe has no Creta model over there, while the mid-sized SUV is thriving in South Africa.
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The model is distinctly separated by a wide grille, a thin horizontal line connecting the taillights and full LED lights complete with daytime running lights. A total of nine exterior colours are available, including a new launch colour, Mangrove Green. An optional two-tone roof in Phantom Black is also available with several exterior colours.
Any SUV must have a large boot, and the Bayon comes with 411-litres of rear-end capacity.
A 1.0-litre T-GDi with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and a 1.2-litre MPi engine are the powertrain options available, paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed manual DCT transmission. The 1.0-litre offering produces 73 and 88kW, respectively, with Eco, Normal and Sport serving as the driving options.
Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, says: "With its sharp look and integration of Hyundai's SUV key design elements, Bayon solidifies Hyundai's SUV design direction. The Bayon's unique and confident look, embodied in its strong lines and arrow-shaped lights, is expected to establish it as the most unique, outstanding entry in the thriving European B-segment SUV segment."
Hyundai South Africa will launch its large Palisade SUV in October, while the new Staria van will arrive towards the end of the year.