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Hyundai Nexo FCV Fuel Cell SUV Revealed

Hyundai Nexo FCV Fuel Cell SUV Revealed

Hyundai says the Nexo will be available in select markets early this year.

Finally came the moment everyone eagerly awaited: the reveal of Hyundai's new fuel-cell crossover.

That aside, though, it looks like a relatively conventional SUV. While the design is modern and inspired by Hyundai's latest products such as the Kona (especially the bug-eyed face), it's the improved fuel cell powertrain that steals the show. The Nexo now rides on its own custom architecture, meaning it can be easily adapted to the requirements of a fuel cell vehicle, with better packaging of the fuel tanks, three of them stored under the floor, complete with a lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk.

Peak acceleration, says Hyundai, is 25 percent sharper than with the iX35 Fuel Cell. The fuel cell stack (which converts hydrogen to electricity) is smaller, too. Its electric motor produces 161bhp and 395Nm of torque, enough to take the vehicle from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds.

Called the Nexo, it comes with the brand's next-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology and has a quoted range of 500 miles - 134 miles more than the previous system found on the ix35 Fuel Cell. In a statement, Hyundai said: "The NEXO model will spearhead Hyundai Motor's plans to accelerate development of low emission vehicles, in line with Hyundai Motor Group's renewed goal of introducing 18 eco-friendly models to global markets by 2025".

The Nexo includes some active-safety features and driver aids meant to add to its high-tech allure, including a self-driving system that will guide the auto within a lane-seemingly similar to the ProPilot Assist system for Level 2 autonomy offered on the 2018 Nissan Leaf. One of them is a blind-spot monitoring system using the central infotainment display. This video-based blind spot warning system uses wide-angle surround- view cameras.

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Additionally, the NEXO is the first Hyundai to boast semi-autonomous driving features.

There are six levels of autonomous driving from Level 0 in which the driver is fully in charge of all aspects of the driving tasks to Level 5 in which a vehicle is operated full time by an automated driving system.

The NEXO's final party-piece is Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), which will allow it to park or retrieve itself from a parking space autonomously.

A price has not yet been disclosed, but it's expected to be significantly cheaper than that of the ix35 Fuel Cell, which retailed for around £53,000.

That vehicle, of which a few hundred were leased to Southern California drivers who lived and worked near hydrogen fueling stations, was Hyundai's first hydrogen product released to the public. Let us know below...


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