First real-world photos of the Hyundai Bayon from S.Korea

The Hyundai Bayon has been spotted without disguise for the first time on the street. Naver blog user soonjung8116 captured these photos of the new Hyundai crossover, which includes mild-hybrid variants, in South Korea. This could be the final, pre-launch testing of the new model.

Hyundai Bayon rear three quarters live image
The Bayon spotted in South Korea looks like it’s donning the Sleek Silver Metallic color. Image Source:

The standard Hyundai Bayon is Europe’s alternative to the Venue that is sold globally and in the United States. Here’s everything you need to know on the car:


Hyundai says that it has designed the Bayon for drivers to navigate European cities with “comfort and great design.” While the basic design formula is that of a ‘raised’ Hyundai i20, it has plenty new in the looks 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.

Moving to the rear, 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 is positioned below the 4.2-meter (165.6-inch) Hyundai Kona that received a facelift last August. As a crossover derived from the i20 sub-compact hatchback, the way the Kia XCeed was derived from the Ceed, it is the successor to the Hyundai i20 Active.


Hyundai Bayon interior dashboard
The Hyundai Bayon, the successor to the Hyundai i20 Active, has interior layout identical to the i20. Image: Hyundai

The interior design of the Hyundai Bayon is identical to the i20. It has 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 features an electrified engine and transmission to maintain Hyundai’s emission profile in Europe. The new crossover SUV follows the footsteps of the new Hyundai i20 and Kona in the aspect of the engine and transmission combinations.

The Hyundai Bayon hires 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 rear quarters
The Hyundai Bayon is 4,180 mm (164.6 in.) long, 1,775 mm (69.9 in.) wide, and 1,490 mm (58.7 in.) tall. It has a 2,580 mm (101.6 in.) wheelbase. Image source: Hyundai.

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. More engine-transmission combinations are available, as shown in the specification table below:

Check out the 1.0-liter T-GDi and iMT combinations that are available in the Hyundai Bayon:

Aspect\Specification1.2 MPi 84 PS1.0 T-GDi 100 PS1.0 T-GDi 100 PS 48V (mild hybrid)1.0 T-GDi 120 PS 48V (mild hybrid)
Engine1.2-liter MPi1.0-liter T-GDi1.0-liter T-GDi1.0-liter T-GDi
TypeFour-cylinder MPi gasolineThree-cylinder Turbo GDi gasolineThree-cylinder Turbo GDi gasoline 48V with mild-hybrid systemThree-cylinder Turbo GDi gasoline with 48V mild-hybrid system
Maximum Power84 PS (83 hp)100 PS (99 hp)100 PS (99 hp)120 PS (118 hp)
Maximum Torque12 kgf.m (87 lb.-ft.)17.5 kgf.m Nm (127 lb.-ft.)17.5 kgf.m Nm (127 lb.-ft.)17.5 kgf.m Nm (127 lb.-ft.)
Transmission5-speed MT6-speed MT/7-speed DCT6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT

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.

In recent developments, in the Czech Republic, the Hyundai Bayon is up on the configurator, and its prices are published. The new Hyundai crossover costs CZK 389,990 (USD 17,775) onwards in the European country, although the base price of the mild-hybrid variant is CZK 519,990 (USD 23,700). From the configurator in the Czech Republic, it looks like the Hyundai Bayon spotted in South Korea is the Sleek Silver Metallic.

The Hyundai Bayon is scheduled to go on sale in the first markets by June. The car is “primarily a European product,” and considering its dimensions, we don’t see it entering the U.S. market. Hyundai will manufacture the Bayon alongside the i20 at its Izmit factory in Turkey and export it to more than 40 European countries.

How about a Hyundai Bayon N?

Render of the Hyundai Bayon N Line
TopElectricSUV imagines the Hyundai Bayon N variant. Note Hyundai has not confirmed a performance-spec Bayon.

The Hyundai Bayon is derived from the third-gen Hyundai i20. The small hatchback’s range includes a high-performance variant, and technically the latest member of the Korean automaker’s ever-growing SUV line could receive one.

With that in mind, has worked on a rendering of a Hyundai Bayon N, painted in the N division’s signature color ‘Performance Blue.’ It sports an aggressive radiator grille with the N logo, dynamic bumpers with a lip spoiler at the front and a faux diffuser at the back, bespoke wheels, unique side sills, N-branded red brake callipers, and a WRC-inspired roof spoiler. Tomato Red accents on the aero parts accentuate the exclusive styling of the performance crossover.

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