This year’s CES exhibition will host one totally new hydrogen-powered vehicle. However, our photographers have managed to catch the production-ready prototype of the 2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV today, so there is a strong possibility to see the interesting model earlier than we expected, possibly in a few days as the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The LA debut seems quite logical because California provides the highest number of hydrogen stations, so it’s practically the best place to buy and drive a fuel-cell vehicle.
The hydrogen-powered crossover will be an essentially better option from the current Tucson fuel-cell model. The upcoming high-riding vehicle promises to have around 10 percent more efficient powertrain. Plus, it’s going to use significantly lighter bones, which will reportedly shed the weight for additional 20 percent. The powertrain itself will also get more power. The unit should deliver 161 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Still, what’s far more important, the SUV will allegedly cover 500 miles, which sounds quite impressive.
As you can see, the 2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV doesn’t really hide anything. Instead, it shows something we’ve seen earlier. In case you’ve forgotten, the carmaker previewed the car with the FE Fuel Cell concept at the last Geneva Motor Show. The production and concept vehicles are almost identical, which is good because we like the look of the SUV.
The Korean carmaker will not stop with the 2019 Hyundai fuel cell SUV. No, they have in mind something else. They will also introduce the all-electric SUV, so-called Kona EV pretty soon, as well as an all-new diesel SUV in the coming year.