The as-yet-unnamed hydrogen fuel cell SUV will also debut Hyundai’s latest autonomous tech at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Hyundai has released the first official photos of its production hydrogen fuel cell SUV ahead of its debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month .
Along with the images, the Korean carmaker also announced the debut of new autonomous technology that will be equipped on the FCEV. The fuel-cell electric vehicle will show off Hyundai’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) at a pre-CES media event on 8 January at the Mandalay Bay resort.
Previous spy shots revealed Hyundai’s new fuel cell SUV undergoing testing in Germany ahead of its CES debut. The test mule is almost identical to the FCEV concept first unveiled by Hyundai last August, baring the same front end and unique wheel design.
The same svelte, low drag shape of the concept was inherited in the test mule, but introduces a modernised version of Hyundai’s latest design language, including the thin LED headlights similar to the ones seen on the new Kona. Recessed door handles are a nod towards the car’s aero efficiency credentials.
It is expected to be significantly cheaper than the previous ix35, which was priced around £50,000 and sold in tiny numbers. The production car will debut Hyundai’s fourth-generation fuel cell when it goes on sale.
Compared with the current set-up in the ix35, the concept’s set-up is 20 per cent lighter and nine per cent more efficient. The stack itself gets a 20 per cent power boost too, taking output up to 161bhp. Hyundai claims it’s capable of supplying a driving range of 497 miles, while a new tank layout means that the hydrogen is stored in denser capacities.
Hyundai is plotting to launch three new EV’s by 2021, including an electric version of the new Kona crossover later this year. A luxury Genesis EV is touted to launch in 2021, while an unspecified long-range EV with at least 311 miles of range is also in the pipeline for 2021.
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