New Hyundai Bayon gets sharper styling for 2024

Hyundai gives its small SUV the ‘Robocop’ treatment with new full-width lightbar

  • Small tweaks to the exterior
  • More standard interior tech
  • UK pricing to follow

Hyundai has revealed the latest update to its range of SUVs by introducing the facelifted Bayon. Based on the Hyundai i20 supermini, the Bayon is the smallest and most affordable SUV that the South Korean firm offers, and these latest styling tweaks help to establish a stronger visual connection to its bigger siblings, such as the Hyundai Kona.

Buyers have more small SUVs to choose from than ever before, and Hyundai hopes to further differentiate the Bayon from its rivals with unique styling, respectable boot space and an affordable starting price. 

What’s new for the facelifted Hyundai Bayon?

The changes to the facelifted Bayon are fairly minor, but the first thing you’ll notice is the Hyundai Bayon’s new exterior. A full-width lightbar now spans across the front, providing a similarly futuristic look to that of the bigger Hyundai Kona. The lightbar sits above a new bumper and grille arrangement, trading the curves of the outgoing model for straight lines and sharp angles. Not much has changed at the rear, other than a slightly different lower bumper, now body-coloured rather than black plastic.

Other things to note on the outside are new 16 and 17-inch wheel designs, and four new paint colours: Lumen Grey Pearl, Meta Blue Pearl, Lucid Lime Metallic and Vibrant Blue Pearl. 

The interior has remained unchanged and is essentially a carryover from the i20 supermini. The pair of 10.25-inch infotainment and driver’s displays are now fitted as standard across all models, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and there’s still a comprehensive list of driver assistance and safety features.

What engines are available for the Hyundai Bayon?

There’s still only one engine available in the Hyundai Bayon, carried over from the outgoing model. It’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with mild hybrid assistance, available in 99bhp or 118bhp guises. As standard, both variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but pay extra and you can have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic fitted instead. The manual gearbox uses Hyundai’s ‘intelligent’ iMT eClutch, a system that allows the engine to switch off while coasting, saving fuel.

How much will it cost and when can I order one?

We’re still waiting for Hyundai to reveal UK pricing and availability information for the new Bayon, but we expect a marginal increase over the outgoing model’s £21,570 starting price – we’d still expect it to undercut key rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Cross, SEAT Arona and Ford Puma, however. We’d expect the new Bayon to arrive during the first half of 2024, though a more precise date is yet to be confirmed.

Make sure to read our list of the best small SUVs to find out what the new Hyundai Bayon will be up against when it goes on sale.

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