2019 Hyundai Nexo
As manufacturers want to provide vehicles that can fulfill no emission requirements in states like California, much 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 option in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale during the second half of the year in California only, the Nexo changes the Hyundai Tucson fuel cell vehicle that previously was rented to customers on a limited basis in the state. As a second-generation effort, the Nexo represents a major step forward on numerous fronts including efficiency, range, design and its usage as a platform for Hyundai’s self-governing vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to broader distribution of this vehicle nationally is the lack of hydrogen fueling facilities, something that the company sees as being attended to with time.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Platform
Like the FCEV Tucson, the 2019 Nexo is generally a compact crossover SUV with 2-row seating for 5, 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 procedures 183.8 inches overall up nearly 6 inches in wheelbase and over 10 inches in length over the Tucson. In addition to a roomier plan, the exterior style is clean and contemporary 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 main headlamp clusters are positioned on either side of the grille. The sleek design is even more enhanced 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 two screens determining a combined 12.3 inches are incorporated into the dash style. The ideal screen in the dash center deals with infotainment and navigation tasks, while the left one shows a digital instrument cluster and can also show a camera view of the vehicle’s right or left rear blind area when the turn signal is activated.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Upgraded Performance
The Nexo incorporates a 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 electric motor driving the front wheels is ranked at 160 horse power and provides 290 lb-ft of torque. Hydrogen compressed to 10,000 psi is fed to the fuel cell to create the electrical energy to run the motor and store extra power in the battery. The Nexo can accelerate to 62 miles per hour in 9.2 seconds, a major improvement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that performance, Hyundai states the Nexo can travel about 370 miles between hydrogen refueling and that the 52.2-liter tank system can be topped off in about five minutes.
The drivability is exactly what you get out of an electric. Power shipment is immediate, smooth and quiet. Focus on sound insulation pays big 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 outdoors rearview mirrors and a minor hum from tire noise.
The EV nature of the Nexo shines on initial throttle suggestion in and in mid-range passing maneuvers where the power comes on quickly and easily. The majority of our driving was on freeways, so there is bit we could determine on the vehicles general handling, however, the trip is comfy and well-damped and the underfloor storage of the 3 gas cylinders and low installing of the electric motor on the front axle with the fuel cell on top translates to a low center of mass and well-planted feel. The electric 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 large suite of chauffeur assists, it is also being utilized as a platform for the Korean automobile maker’s venture into self-governing driving. On the driver 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 guiding to keep the vehicle centered on lane. Hyundai thinks the combination of the 2 reduces motorist tension by having the ability to maintain lane discipline and vehicle range with very little driver input.
The Nexo is also geared up with Hyundai SmartSense, that includes forward collision caution, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automated high beams, motorist attention caution and blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts. Hyundai likewise offers a remote parking help feature that can be utilized to automatically 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 autonomous drive technology, which needs no motorist intervention. These vehicles likewise keep their steering wheels and pedals and can be driven traditionally. These autonomous Nexo models were used in a presentation run during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang where they literally 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 autonomous ability, all the other features of the vehicle including the HDA and LFA systems will be used on the vehicle. Rates for the Nexo will be announced more detailed to its on-sale date.