We just spotted a prototype of what appears to be Hyundai’s new fuel-cell crossover. The camouflaged vehicle features very familiar bodywork, so we assume that this is the new-generation, 2018 Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell.
2018 Hyundai Tucson Fuel-Cell: Powertrain Specs
According to the latest rumors, the new FCEV model will be at least twice better from the current. At the moment, the current drivetrain uses a 295-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and delivers 134 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque (80-kilowatts), which is enough for a respectable drive range of around 265 miles on one full tank. On the other hand, the future model will be able to cross about 500 miles on compressed liquid hydrogen, and this is really impressive. Unfortunately, we have no further details at the moment, but the 2018 Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell should also boost the performance figures, so in contrast to today’s small top speed that stops at 93 mph, the next-gen FCEV will likely reach 130 mph. Also, the current poor 0-62 sprint might be reduced from 12.5-seconds to 9 seconds.
Changes and Arrival
As for the styling changes, the carmaker will definitely improve the aerodynamics of the fuel-cell SUV, which is already evident on the testing model. The front end boosts its look with new headlights and bumper styling, while the grille stays unchanged for now. It appears that the future vehicle sports more sloping roof and rounder rear hatch, which additionally improves the dynamic of the car. We haven’t seen the interior yet, but we are sure there will be plenty of changes inside too.
In any case, the 2018 Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell is still far away from the production lines, so there will be more information in the coming months. According to Hyundai, the amazing SUV will be introduced at the 2018 Winter Olympics.