2019 Hyundai Nexo
As makers want to provide vehicles that can satisfy absolutely no emission requirements in states like California, many of them are relying on battery electrical 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 actually been available in making hydrogen power a feasible alternative in the ZEV race.
Slated to go on sale throughout 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 limited 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 usage as a platform for Hyundai’s self-governing vehicle technology efforts. The only stumbling block to wider circulation of this vehicle nationally is the absence 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 essentially a compact crossover SUV with 2-row seating for five, a vehicle type that represents a healthy and growing section of the marketplace. However, unlike the Tucson, Nexo has a dedicated platform and its own styling. Riding on a 109.8-inch wheelbase, the Nexo measures 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 plan, the exterior design is clean and modern with a special take on Hyundai’s new cascading grille signature. The top of the front fascia is specified by LED running lights, while the main headlamp clusters are placed on either side of the grille. The smooth design is further boosted 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 two screens determining a combined 12.3 inches are incorporated into the dash style. The right screen in the dash center manages infotainment and navigation duties, while the left one shows a digital instrument cluster and can likewise reveal 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 includes 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 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 speed up to 62 miles per hour in 9.2 seconds, a significant enhancement over the hydrogen-fueled Tucson’s 12.4 seconds. In addition to that performance, Hyundai says the Nexo can take a trip about 370 miles in between hydrogen refueling and that the 52.2-liter tank system can be topped off in about five minutes.
The drivability is what you get out of an electric. Power delivery is instant, smooth and peaceful. Attention to sound insulation pays big dividends in the Nexo. Among the major 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 slight 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 begins quickly and easily. Most of our driving was on highways, so there is little bit we might discern on the vehicles total handling, however, the ride 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 mean a low center of mass and well-planted feel. The electric boost to the power steering offers 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 big suite of driver helps, it is likewise being utilized as a platform for the Korean automobile maker’s foray into self-governing driving. On the chauffeur 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 believes the combination of the 2 minimizes chauffeur tension by being able to maintain lane discipline and vehicle range with very little driver input.
The Nexo is likewise geared up with Hyundai SmartSense, that includes forward accident caution, forward collision-avoidance help with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, automated high beams, motorist attention warning and blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts. Hyundai also uses a remote parking assist feature that can be used to automatically park in parallel and perpendicular areas and in some markets, will include a remote feature where the vehicle will park itself and return when summoned.
Hyundai has actually also geared up 3 Nexo models with Level 4 self-governing drive technology, which requires no driver intervention. These vehicles likewise keep their wheel and pedals and can be driven conventionally. These autonomous Nexo models were utilized in a presentation run during 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 sold in the California market this year will not have self-governing capability, all the other features of the vehicle including the HDA and LFA systems will be offered on the vehicle. Prices for the Nexo will be announced more detailed to its on-sale date.