As manufacturers seek to provide vehicles that can satisfy no emission requirements in states like California, a number of them are counting on battery electrical vehicles for compliance. Hyundai is no different because it presented its family 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 been available in making hydrogen power a feasible alternative in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale during the second half of the year in California just, the Nexo replaces the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle that previously was leased to consumers on a restricted basis in the state. As a second-generation effort, the Nexo represents a significant advance on numerous fronts consisting of performance, range, style and its use as a platform for Hyundai’s autonomous vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to larger circulation of this vehicle nationally is the lack of hydrogen fueling facilities, something that the company sees as being addressed in time.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Platform
Like the FCEV Tucson, the 2019 Nexo is basically a compact crossover SUV with 2-row seating for 5, a vehicle type that represents a healthy and growing section of the market. However, 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 overall up almost 6 inches in wheelbase and over 10 inches in length over the Tucson. In addition to a roomier package, the exterior style is clean and modern with an unique take on Hyundai’s new cascading grille signature. The top of the front fascia is defined by LED running lights, while the primary headlamp clusters are placed on either side of the grille. The streamlined style is even more improved by flush exterior door handles and aero-styled alloy wheels.
Inside, the upscale interior has a flat, high console with simple to reach buttons and controls for the HVAC and audio system, while 2 screens measuring a combined 12.3 inches are incorporated into the dash design. The best screen in the dash center handles infotainment and navigation responsibilities, while the left one displays a digital instrument cluster and can also reveal a cam view of the vehicle’s right or left rear blind area when the turn signal is activated.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Upgraded Performance
The Nexo includes a brand-new powertrain that combines a 95-kW fuel cell stack with a 40-kW battery for a combined output of 135 kW or about 180 horse power. The electrical motor driving the front wheels is ranked at 160 horse power and supplies 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 shop extra power in the battery. The Nexo can accelerate to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, a major improvement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that efficiency, Hyundai says the Nexo can travel about 370 miles in between hydrogen refueling which the 52.2-liter tank system can be completed in about 5 minutes.
The drivability is exactly what you get out of an electrical. Power delivery is immediate, smooth and quiet. Attention to sound insulation pays huge dividends in the Nexo. One of the significant sounds from fuel cell vehicles are compressors and cooling fans, however, Hyundai has for the most part damped these sounds out. At speed, you hear a wisp of wind sound from the outside rearview mirrors and a slight hum from tire sound.
The EV nature of the Nexo shines on preliminary throttle pointer in and in mid-range passing maneuvers where the power begins rapidly and effortlessly. Most of our driving was on highways, so there is little we could determine on the vehicles total handling, nevertheless, the flight is comfortable and well-damped and the underfloor storage of the three gas cylinders and low installing of the electrical motor on the front axle with the fuel cell on the top translates to a low center of mass and well-planted feel. The electric increase to the power steering gives it a light touch, though it doesn’t interact a sharp on-center feel.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Features
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is not just being promoted for its big suite of chauffeur helps, it is also being used as a platform for the Korean vehicle maker’s foray into autonomous driving. On the motorist assist front, the Nexo boasts Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA), the previous handling adaptive cruise control functions and the latter, active guiding to keep the vehicle centered on lane. Hyundai believes the mix of the 2 reduces driver stress by having the ability to preserve lane discipline and vehicle distance with minimal driver input.
The Nexo is likewise geared up with Hyundai SmartSense, which includes forward accident caution, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automated high beams, chauffeur attention warning and blind-spot and cross-traffic signals. Hyundai likewise uses a remote parking assist feature that can be utilized to immediately park in parallel and perpendicular spaces and in some markets, will consist of a remote feature where the vehicle will park itself and return when summoned.
Hyundai has actually likewise geared up three Nexo models with Level 4 self-governing drive technology, which needs no driver intervention. These vehicles also maintain their wheel and pedals and can be driven conventionally. These autonomous Nexo models were utilized in a presentation run throughout the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang where they literally drove themselves nearly 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 provided on the vehicle. Pricing for the Nexo will be revealed better to its on-sale date.