Hyundai has revealed its newest fuel cell SUV, the NEXO, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The new car will serve as the technological flagship of the Korean brand’s so-called “eco-vehicle” portfolio, which is expected to grow to 18 models by 2025.
Unlike the ix35 Fuel Cell that is has been designed to replace, the NEXO is built with a dedicated vehicle architecture, which has resulted in an improved power-to-weight ratio as well as more cabin space on the inside thanks to the battery now being relocated to the boot.
Hyundai claims the new model achieves a driving range of 500 miles – 134 miles more than its predecessor. Acceleration and power have also increased; 0-60 mph now takes 9.5 seconds instead of 12.5 seconds, while total system output is 135 kW compared to the previous 124 kW. Torque is also up, from 221 lb-ft to 291 lb-ft.
Externally, the NEXO grows longer and wider than the ix35. The new measurements see the car’s overall length stretched from 4409 mm to 4671 mm and its width marginally increased by 38 mm to reach 1859 mm. However, the new model gets a reduction in height; at 1631 mm, the designers have managed to shave off approximately 26 mm from the ix35’s roofline.
New technology, meanwhile, includes self-parking and lane following features, as well as a next-generation blind-spot monitoring system that is claimed to be the first to provide drivers video footage from both sides of the vehicle while changing lanes in either direction.
And, as part of a newly-announced partnership with Aurora Innovation, an autonomous-driving startup headquartered in California, the NEXO will also be taking part in pilot tests in an effort by the Korean manufacturer to bring Level 4 autonomous driving vehicles to market by 2021.
Hyundai’s second-generation FCEV is expected to go on sale in select markets around the world starting in early 2018.