2019 Hyundai Nexo – Hyundai is redoubling its investment in electric vehicles that you can pump up and bet fairly heavily on government and industry support for a hydrogen refueling infrastructure that remains pitifully lean and limited primarily to California . The company plans to continue its current Tucson FCEV with the Nexo, a brand new crossover with custom-made sheet metal on a chassis tailored to the special needs of an electric fuel cell vehicle.
While the front fascia borrows some clues from the recently unveiled Kona, including the thin headlights and large lighting units in the bumper, the main grille is completely new. While most current Hyundais have the traditional trapezoidal grid that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, the Nexo offers a reinterpretation of the design with a much wider upper section and rounded sides. The corners also have sharp angles, especially at the bottom, which makes it similar to the Lexus “pin” grille. The profile is just about every SUV out there with clean lines and a high waistline. The curved side skirt and the gray insert just below the doors are a nice touch and set it apart from the rather boring standard. The five-spoke, two-tone wheel design of the staggered wheels reminds me of the 1980s, but it works very well with the overall style. The roof is relatively low for a sporty position and forms a cup-shaped shape to the rear. The rear end is quite generic with taillights that shrink as they progress to the badge, a clean tailgate design and a simple bumper with a large license plate recess that mimics the shape of the grille. The rear window provides good visibility for such a small SUV.
The cabin layout is also unique to this model and the style is clean and simple for the most part. Although there are some features inspired by Kona, especially on the dashboard, the cabin of Nexo is very original. The center console is taller than most small SUVs and descends from the center column to the center tunnel at a 30 degree angle. There is a large infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard, while the dashboard is all-digital. Hyundai did not have much to say about them, but both screens seem intuitive and easy to use depending on how they display the information. In addition, both are placed under the same long hood, giving the impression that a large screen spans more than half of the dashboard. If this seems familiar, it’s because we’ve already seen it in the recently unveiled third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. From a technological point of view, the Nexo is well equipped. It comes with new Lane Guidance, a Blind View Monitor and a Remote Intelligent Parking Assist, all three making their debut.
In addition to being better packaged, the new electric motor changes from an induction type to a permanent magnet type, with an output power of 100 kW (134 hp) and 221 lb-ft to 120 kW (161 hp). ) and 291 lb-ft. Hyundai says the 0 to 60 mph timeframe will go from 12.5 to 9.0 seconds in a larger vehicle that should weigh 4,000 pounds (our Tucson FCEV test car weighed 4,089 pounds and hit 60 in 11.3 seconds). Add improved performance, optimized weight and next-generation hydrogen storage system, and the EPA’s anticipated lineup goes from Tucson’s 265 miles to 350 or higher, with a combined 50-to-50 mpg improvement. 55.
It is too early to tell how much the new 2019 Hyundai Nexo will cost, but the big question is whether it will be available for purchase beyond the 36-month lease program introduced with the Tucson model. The outgoing SUV is only available with the rental program, which requires 36 monthly payments of $ 499, plus $ 2,999 upon signing the lease, plus fees and taxes. If Hyundai decides to sell it outside the rental program, it could cost more than $ 30,000 before options and discounts, but it’s not bad for a hydrogen car that offers free fuel and service free concierge service.