As manufacturers aim to offer vehicles that can fulfill zero emission requirements in states like California, many of them are depending on battery electric vehicles for compliance. Hyundai is no various in that it introduced its household of Ioniq compact hatchbacks that use hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure EV variants. However it is likewise pursuing fuel cell technology and the 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) showcases how far that technology has actually come in making hydrogen power a viable alternative in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale during the second half of the year in California only, the Nexo replaces the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle that formerly was rented to consumers on a restricted basis in the state. As a second-generation effort, the Nexo represents a major step forward on a number of fronts consisting of efficiency, variety, design and its usage as a platform for Hyundai’s autonomous vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to larger distribution of this vehicle nationally is the lack of hydrogen fueling infrastructure, something that the company sees as being dealt with gradually.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Platform
Like the FCEV Tucson, the 2019 Nexo is generally a compact crossover SUV with 2-row seating for five, a vehicle type that represents a healthy and growing section of the market. Nevertheless, unlike the Tucson, Nexo has a devoted platform and its own styling. Riding on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the Nexo steps 183.8 inches in general up almost 6 inches in wheelbase and over 10 inches in length over the Tucson. In addition to a roomier bundle, the exterior style is tidy and contemporary with an unique take on Hyundai’s new cascading grille signature. The top of the front fascia is specified by LED running lights, while the primary headlamp clusters are placed on either side of the grille. The smooth design is further boosted by flush exterior door deals with and aero-styled alloy wheels.
Inside, the high end interior has a flat, high console with easy to reach buttons and controls for the HVAC and audio system, while two screens measuring a combined 12.3 inches are incorporated into the dash design. The best screen in the dash center handles infotainment and navigation duties, while the left one shows a digital instrument cluster and can likewise show a cam view of the vehicle’s right or left rear blind spot when the turn signal is activated.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Upgraded Performance
The Nexo integrates a new powertrain that integrates a 95-kW fuel cell stack with a 40-kW battery for a combined output of 135 kW or about 180 horse power. The electric motor driving the front wheels is rated at 160 horse power and offers 290 lb-ft of torque. Hydrogen compressed to 10,000 psi is fed to the fuel cell to develop the electrical power to run the motor and store additional power in the battery. The Nexo can speed up to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, a major improvement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that performance, Hyundai says the Nexo can take a trip about 370 miles between hydrogen refueling which the 52.2-liter tank system can be topped off in about five minutes.
The drivability is what you anticipate from an electric. Power delivery is instant, smooth and peaceful. Focus on sound insulation pays huge dividends in the Nexo. Among the significant sounds from fuel cell vehicles are compressors and cooling fans, however, Hyundai has for one of the most part damped these sounds out. At speed, you hear a wisp of wind noise from the outside rearview mirrors and a small hum from tire sound.
The EV nature of the Nexo shines on initial throttle tip in and in mid-range passing maneuvers where the power begins rapidly and effortlessly. Most of our driving was on highways, so there is bit we might recognize on the vehicles general handling, however, the ride is comfy and well-damped and the underfloor storage of the 3 gas cylinders and low installing of the electrical motor on the front axle with the fuel cell on the top mean a low center of gravity and well-planted feel. The electrical increase to the power steering gives it a light touch, though it doesn’t communicate a sharp on-center feel.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Features
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is not only being promoted for its large suite of chauffeur assists, it is likewise being utilized as a platform for the Korean automobile maker’s foray into self-governing driving. On the motorist assist front, the Nexo boasts Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA), the former handling adaptive cruise control functions and the latter, active steering to keep the vehicle centered on lane. Hyundai believes the mix of the two decreases motorist stress by having the ability to keep lane discipline and vehicle range with minimal driver input.
The Nexo is also equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, that includes forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance help with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, driver attention warning and blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts. Hyundai also offers a remote parking help feature that can be utilized to instantly park in parallel and perpendicular areas and in some markets, will consist of a remote feature where the vehicle will park itself and return when summoned.
Hyundai has also geared up three Nexo models with Level 4 self-governing drive technology, which requires no driver intervention. These vehicles likewise retain their wheel and pedals and can be driven conventionally. These autonomous Nexo models were used in a presentation run throughout the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang where they actually drove themselves almost 120 miles from Seoul to the place.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Release Date
While the 2019 Hyundai Nexo models sold in the California market this year will not have self-governing capability, all the other features of the vehicle consisting of the HDA and LFA systems will be offered on the vehicle. Pricing for the Nexo will be revealed closer to its on-sale date.