This year’s Consumer Electronics Show hosted one pretty interesting vehicle. It’s the 2019 Hyundai Nexo, which is actually an all-new fuel-cell SUV. The model will reportedly replace the slow-selling Tucson Fuel Cell this summer.
The all-new Nexo fuel-cell rides on a new bespoke platform, which will (according to the carmaker) make it significantly lighter from the predecessor. Performance wise, well, the crossover will use an electric drive system which produces exactly 160 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Even though it’s looking like some high-performance model the 2019 Hyundai Nexo won’t be too quick at all. Moreover, the SUV is forced to spend 9.5 seconds in order to speed up from 0 to 60 mph. Driving range is, on the other hand, at the very top at the moment. Hyundai promises around 370 miles on a single tank. It’s good to know that the SUV needs just five minutes to fill up a complete tank.
You don’t have to be a genius to conclude how better is the 2019 Nexo SUV when it’s compared to the outgoing Tuscon. The additional 27 horsepower and 70 lb-ft may not be too important to some buyers, but the extra miles are for sure because the predecessor crosses just 265 miles.
The all-new crossover doesn’t host just a better powertrain, but it also offers far better equipment. The vehicle is paired with a range of new electronic driver aids. The advanced features include a remote park-assist, as well as the retrieve option without the driver. Still, these are not the most important options. No, the crossover also hosts a lane-following assist, which will reportedly be able to center the car in a lane at up to 90 mph. There’s a new blind-spot-monitoring system with a pair of cameras on both sides which are really wide, so they succeed to display what’s going on at sides and around back.
Do we really have to compare Tucson’s and Nexo’s exterior styling? Well, of course not, because the new fuel-cell looks truly amazing and completely unique, especially in the front where it hosts a dominant and attractive grille and highly aggressive headlights.
For California Only
There is some bad news about the 2019 Hyundai Nexo. The crossover will likely be available just in California. The carmaker hasn’t set the starting price at this point.