The presentation of the new Hyundai Bayon has generated great interest. The followers of the South Korean brand speculate with the possibility of getting to see a variant of sports cut. We anticipate what a hypothetical Hyundai Bayon N will be like with a recreation. A model capable of combining practicality and sportiness, accompanied by an affordable price.
Hyundai’s SUV family has welcomed its exciting new member. The new Hyundai Bayon has entered society with a very clear objective, to occupy the step of access to the SUV offer of the South Korean manufacturer. A model developed based on the demands of European drivers. And it is that, even its own name is a nod to one of the cities of the Old Continent.
The new Bayon is a model adapted to the times, however, in its development, costs have been taken into account in order to position it as an affordable product in its competitive category. And it is that it must face very relevant rivals in a segment where the supply continues to grow at an accelerated rate.
Now, is the price factor an impediment to the development of future variants that offer an extra spice to the Bayon range? Since the launch of the model took place, speculation has begun with a possible sports variant signed by the guys from Hyundai N , the company’s sports division. We mean neither more nor less than a Hyundai Bayon N .
Can this idea materialize? Does a Bayon N make sense? Let’s go into detail and break down all the keys to this new model to answer these and other questions.
Models like the Ford Puma ST show that there is room in the B-SUV segment for sporty and dynamic approach alternatives. What’s more, Hyundai itself will soon introduce a direct rival for that model, the Hyundai Kona N. So, does this mean there is no room for a Bayon N? Let’s not advance events and first of all make it clear what position and role the new subcompact SUV from Hyundai plays .
The Hyundai Bayon arrives to replace the i20 Active
The first thing we must be clear about is that the main objective with which the new Bayon has been created . This model is called to occupy the space left by the Hyundai i20 Active . The “crossover” variant of the Hyundai i20 has disappeared from the offer once the generational change of the South Korean utility has materialized. Therefore, there was a gap in the offer for a more economical and “decaffeinated” model than the Hyundai Kona .
Practicality and design have prevailed over other issues that are equally important. Although the new Bayon is committed to electrification , its commitment is not as high as that of the Kona. The first only has 48-volt light hybrid technology (MHEV) while the second, in addition to light hybrid engines, boasts a hybrid variant (HEV) and a 100% electric alternative, the Hyundai Kona Electric .
The cost of these electrification technologies has been an impediment to offering them in the Bayon range. In addition, offering the same sustainable mobility options would conflict with the Kona and cannibalize sales. Not a few buyers would end up opting for a hypothetical Electric Bayon because its price would be cheaper than that of the Kona.
The design of the Hyundai Bayon N
The recreation that heads this article tells us what the design of the Hyundai Bayon N would be like . Taking as a starting point the vehicle that has just debuted on the scene, thanks to a whole series of modifications it is possible to bring out the character it hides. The result of all these changes is a more aggressive vehicle that transmits sportiness and high performance on all sides.
The hypothetical Bayon N will be decked out in a specially designed body kit for the occasion. A kit consisting, among other elements, of new bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser and a rear roof spoiler. In addition, we must not overlook the grill with a characteristic pattern in which the insignia of the N models is included.
To all this must be added the specifically designed wheels that reveal red painted brake calipers that are key to maintaining control of the vehicle. The two-tone body and roof bars are other characteristic features. Also noteworthy is the design of the headlamps in which the LED lights intended for daytime driving are connected by a strip of light.
The Hyundai Kona N is a big problem
Considering what the role of the Bayon is in Hyundai’s SUV range and that price is crucial, an N variant of the Bayon would have a major impact on costs and therefore the selling price of the vehicle. In addition, by concept, it would directly conflict with the Kona N , a model that is currently in development but whose debut is just around the corner.
The 1.0-liter T-GDi 120 hp gasoline engine is the most performing mechanic that we can find in the Bayon range . It is electrified with 48-volt light hybrid technology and available with both manual and automatic transmission. In both cases with front wheel drive. To put this engine into context, suffice it to say that the Kona N uses a 2.0-liter T-GDi four-cylinder gasoline engine that can reach up to 280 hp . The difference is remarkable.
Hyundai has not confirmed or denied the possible development of a Bayon N. However, and seeing what the original proposal of the model is, it seems really difficult to get to see in the near future a sporty approach variant of this new B-segment SUV. .