Hyundai Bayon rendered ahead of March 2 world premiere

The digital world premiere of the Hyundai Bayon will take place at 10:00 CET on the 2nd of March, Hyundai has confirmed. The company has designed the Bayon for drivers to navigate European cities with “comfort and great design.”

Inspired by one of the teasers, has constructed a rendering of the Hyundai Bayon’s front-end. The image accurately previews the layout of the grille, bumper, and lights, leaving nothing to the imagination.


Our rendering and the latest teasers of the Hyundai Bayon (codename: Hyundai BC3) reveal something more about its exterior. While the basic design formula is that of a ‘raised’ Hyundai i20, it will have plenty in the styling to create an individual identity. While it incorporates the brand’s Sensuous Sportiness design theme, the recipe may not be the best example in the Hyundai lineup of a ‘sensuous’ model.

The talking point in the aggressive face of the pseudo SUV. The three-tier grille layout of the Hyundai Kona can be observed, with a slim opening at the hood level, a conventionally large opening below, and a compact intake at the base. The grilles are wider on this model for a more dominating appearance. Composite headlamps were a given, being the signature design cue of modern Hyundai crossover SUVs.

The other teaser sheds new light on the Hyundai Bayon’s rear fascia. The tailgate has a convex appearance, comprising a steeply raked upper portion. It softly reminds us of the Ford Focus of the previous generations. A techy-looking light guide adorns the gloss black panel on the tailgate and connects the arrow-shaped brake lights.

The Bayon is an entry-level crossover SUV for the B-segment of the European market. It would be positioned below the 4.2-meter (165.6-inch) Hyundai Kona that received a facelift in August. As a crossover derived from the Hyundai i20 sub-compact hatchback, the way the Kia XCeed was derived from the Ceed, it is the planned successor for the Hyundai i20 Active.


2020 Hyundai i20 interior dashboard
The Hyundai Bayon, the successor to the Hyundai i20 Active, would have interior design nearly identical to the new i20 (pictured). Image: Hyundai.

The interior design of the Hyundai Bayon would be nearly identical to the new i20. Spy media has shown the same cockpit layout, with the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch center touchscreen, luxury car-style four-spoke steering wheel, slim AC vents and sleek climate control panel.

Engine & Transmission

The Hyundai Bayon will feature an electrified engine and transmission to maintain Hyundai’s emission profile in Europe. The new crossover SUV would follow the footsteps of the new Hyundai i20 and Kona in the aspect of the engine and transmission combinations.

The Hyundai Bayon should hire the services of the Hyundai Motor Group’s 1.0-liter T-GDi gasoline engine with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology – a turbocharged three-cylinder mill that can be specified with an Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). Essentially an enhancement over traditional start & stop technology, the 48-volt mild-hybrid system allows the vehicle to run on electric power when decelerating or whilst stopping i.e. before the vehicle comes to a halt. Hyundai’s iMT is a 6-speed unit that works in combination with the mild-hybrid system.

Hyundai Bayon B-segment car test prototype
The Hyundai Bayon will be Europe’s alternative to the Hyundai Venue that is sold in USA. Image Source:

The iMT’s clutch operates purely electronically, in what’s termed a ‘clutch-by-wire’ system. It decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, and thus, allows the vehicle to coast and conserve fuel. The engine comes back into action, in the same gear, immediately when the driver engages either the brake or the throttle.

Check out the 1.0-liter T-GDi and iMT combinations that are available in the existing Hyundai models, which should be offered in the Hyundai Bayon:

Aspect\SpecificationBase CombinationTop-end Combination
Engine1.0-liter T-GDi1.0-liter T-GDi
Maximum Power100 PS120 PS
Maximum Torque172 Nm172 Nm
Transmission6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT
AvailabilityHyundai i20Hyundai i20, Kona & i30

Release Date

Hyundai explains that ‘Bayon’ comes from the city of Bayonne in France, a place popular locally for adventure activities like sailing and hiking. The image of the French city is a good fit for the new crossover SUV’s lifestyle character, and explains the reason the name was finalized.

Hyundai Bayon BC3 teaser

The Hyundai Bayon is scheduled to go on sale in the first markets by June. The car will be “primarily a European product,” and considering that dimensions are smaller than the Kona, we don’t see it entering the U.S. market.