As makers seek to use vehicles that can satisfy absolutely no emission requirements in states like California, many of them are counting on battery electric vehicles for compliance. Hyundai is no different because it introduced its family of Ioniq compact hatchbacks that offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure EV variants. But it is likewise pursuing fuel cell technology and the 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) showcases how far that technology has can be found in making hydrogen power a practical alternative in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale throughout the second half of the year in California just, the Nexo replaces the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle that formerly was rented to consumers on a minimal basis in the state. As a second-generation effort, the Nexo represents a significant advance on several fronts including efficiency, variety, design and its usage as a platform for Hyundai’s autonomous vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to larger circulation of this vehicle nationally is the absence of hydrogen fueling facilities, something that the company sees as being addressed with time.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Platform
Like the FCEV Tucson, the 2019 Nexo is essentially a compact crossover SUV with 2-row seating for five, a vehicle type that represents a healthy and growing segment 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 design is clean and contemporary with a distinct take on Hyundai’s new cascading grille signature. The top of the front fascia is defined by LED running lights, while the main headlamp clusters are positioned on either side of the grille. The sleek design is further improved by flush exterior door manages and aero-styled alloy wheels.
Inside, the upscale interior has a flat, high console with easy 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 style. The right screen in the dash center deals with infotainment and navigation duties, while the left one shows a digital instrument cluster and can likewise show a camera view of the vehicle’s right or left rear blind area when the turn signal is triggered.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Upgraded Performance
The Nexo incorporates 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 horsepower. The electric 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 create the electricity to run the motor and shop additional power in the battery. The Nexo can accelerate to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, a significant improvement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that efficiency, Hyundai states the Nexo can travel about 370 miles in between hydrogen refueling which the 52.2-liter tank system can be complemented in about 5 minutes.
The drivability is what you get out of an electric. Power shipment is immediate, smooth and quiet. Attention to sound insulation pays big dividends in the Nexo. One of the major sounds from fuel cell vehicles are compressors and cooling fans, nevertheless, Hyundai has for one of the most part damped these sounds out. At speed, you hear a wisp of wind sound from the outside rearview mirrors and a minor hum from tire sound.
The EV nature of the Nexo shines on initial throttle pointer in and in mid-range passing maneuvers where the power comes on rapidly and easily. The majority of our driving was on freeways, so there is little bit we might recognize on the vehicles general handling, however, the trip is comfy and well-damped and the underfloor storage of the three gas cylinders and low installing of the electric motor on the front axle with the fuel cell on the top translates to a low center of mass and well-planted feel. The electrical increase to the power steering offers it a light touch, though it does not communicate a sharp on-center feel.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Features
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is not just being touted for its big suite of driver assists, it is likewise being utilized as a platform for the Korean auto maker’s venture into autonomous driving. On the motorist help front, the Nexo boasts Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and Lane Following Assist (LFA), the former handling adaptive cruise control functions and the latter, active guiding to keep the vehicle centered on lane. Hyundai thinks the combination of the 2 decreases motorist stress by having the ability to keep lane discipline and vehicle distance with minimal chauffeur input.
The Nexo is likewise geared up with Hyundai SmartSense, which includes forward crash caution, forward collision-avoidance help with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automated high beams, driver attention warning and blind-spot and cross-traffic informs. Hyundai likewise provides a remote parking help feature that can be utilized to immediately park in parallel and perpendicular spaces and in some markets, will include a remote feature where the vehicle will park itself and return when summoned.
Hyundai has likewise geared up three Nexo models with Level 4 self-governing drive technology, which requires no motorist intervention. These vehicles likewise retain their wheel and pedals and can be driven traditionally. 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 offered in the California market this year will not have self-governing ability, all the other features of the vehicle consisting of the HDA and LFA systems will be offered on the vehicle. Prices for the Nexo will be announced better to its on-sale date.