As manufacturers planning to use vehicles that can meet no emission requirements in states like California, many of them are relying on battery electrical vehicles for compliance. Hyundai is no various in that it presented its household of Ioniq compact hatchbacks that offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure EV variants. But it is also pursuing fuel cell technology and the 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) showcases how far that technology has come in making hydrogen power a viable option in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale during the second half of the year in California just, the Nexo changes 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 including efficiency, range, style and its use as a platform for Hyundai’s self-governing vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to broader circulation of this vehicle nationally is the absence of hydrogen fueling facilities, something that the company views as being addressed with 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 sector of the market. However, unlike the Tucson, Nexo has a dedicated platform and its own styling. Riding on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the Nexo steps 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 design is tidy 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 main headlamp clusters are placed on either side of the grille. The sleek style is further enhanced by flush exterior door manages 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 integrated into the dash design. The ideal screen in the dash center deals with infotainment and navigation duties, while the left one displays a digital instrument cluster and can also show a cam 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 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 horsepower 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 store additional power in the battery. The Nexo can speed up to 62 mph in 9.2 seconds, a major enhancement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that efficiency, Hyundai states the Nexo can take a trip about 370 miles in between hydrogen refueling and that the 52.2-liter tank system can be complemented in about 5 minutes.
The drivability is what you expect from an electric. Power shipment is instant, smooth and quiet. Attention to sound insulation pays big dividends in the Nexo. One of the major noises from fuel cell vehicles are compressors and cooling fans, nevertheless, Hyundai has for one of the most part damped these noises out. At speed, you hear a wisp of wind noise from the outside rearview mirrors and a minor hum from tire sound.
The EV nature of the Nexo shines on preliminary throttle suggestion in and in mid-range passing maneuvers where the power begins rapidly and easily. The majority of our driving was on highways, so there is bit we could determine on the vehicles total handling, nevertheless, the ride 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 equate to a low center of mass and well-planted feel. The electric boost to the power steering gives it a light touch, though it does not interact a sharp on-center feel.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Features
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is not just being promoted for its large suite of driver helps, it is also being utilized as a platform for the Korean auto maker’s foray into self-governing 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 steering to keep the vehicle fixated lane. Hyundai thinks the combination of the 2 lowers driver stress by being able to keep lane discipline and vehicle distance with minimal chauffeur input.
The Nexo is also equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, that includes forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automated high beams, driver attention caution and blind-spot and cross-traffic notifies. Hyundai also uses a remote parking assist feature that can be utilized to instantly 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 also equipped three Nexo models with Level 4 autonomous drive technology, which requires no chauffeur intervention. These vehicles also maintain their steering wheels 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 almost 120 miles from Seoul to the venue.
2019 Hyundai Nexo Release Date
While the 2019 Hyundai Nexo models offered in the California market this year will not have autonomous capability, 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 revealed closer to its on-sale date.