Harry Leahey

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Hyundai has unveiled a facelifted version of its Bayon, in a bid to strengthen its competitive edge in the bustling crossover segment. Initially launched in 2021, this latest update places the Bayon in direct competition with established rivals like the Volkswagen T-Cross and Ford Puma.

Specifics on pricing and specifications remain unconfirmed, though Hyundai has indicated that these details will be released in the forthcoming months. 

The powertrain is expected to remain consistent with the current model, likely featuring a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 48V mild-hybrid assistance.

Externally, the updated Bayon now boasts a series of aesthetic and functional enhancements, starting with a new full-width headlight signature, front bumper for a more rugged appearance, plus a redesigned grille. 

The cabin of the Bayon features an improved infotainment system, equipped with over-the-air map updates, plus LED lights for multi-color ambient lighting. 

For connectivity, the Bayon offers two USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and comes standard with a 10.25-inch central screen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. There also appears to be a blend of physical climate control switches and touch-sensitive shortcuts up on the dash. 

Standard safety features meanwhile include lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance and  cruise control.

The current Bayon model starts at £21,570, but with these comprehensive updates, the price is anticipated to exceed £22,000. 

The update comes following the firm's recent unvailing of a more hard-core version of its hot hatch Ionic 5 N, which comes with a series of added performance parts and more power. 

Another model from Hyundai to have been recently updated was the Tucson SUV, with the refreshed model arriving in May 2024. Externally, it showcases a sleeker front grille, updated headlights, and new alloy wheel designs.


Internally, it adopts a more integrated approach to its dashboard design, featuring a single, curved panel that combines the infotainment touchscreen with the driver display, a layout reminiscent of Hyundai's Ioniq 5. The center console has been updated as well, incorporating haptic control buttons alongside physical heater dials for an intuitive user experience.


Hyundai plans to continue offering the Tucson with its existing powertrain options, including petrol, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants, all based on a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, with the top model producing 263bhp. With the current Tucson priced between £31,500 and £44,630, customers can expect a modest price increase of about £1000 to £2000 for this facelifted version, reflecting the enhancements and added value in the updated model.

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Harry Leahey 01/02/24