Beginning next year, Hyundai will officially be launching their new long-range hydrogen fuel cell SUV. For now, the Korean automaker has given us a preview of their still unnamed FCEV in pre-production guise. The yet-to-be-named model is said to be a preview of Hyundai's 'commitment to a new era for advanced eco-friendly vehicle development'.
At the moment, Hyundai says the model is already 'near-production'. However, do expect some details to still change once the production model is revealed. Styling wise, it looks similar to Hyundai's FE Concept revealed earlier at the Geneva International Motor Show. Unlike the FE Concept, the 'near-production' ready SUV also takes styling cues from other production model Hyundai's such as the signature cascading grill and the Kona's two tier headlights.
Compared to Hyundai's previous fuel cell vehicle, the Tucson FCEV, the system used on this upcoming SUV is said to be 60 percent more efficient. Three equally sized tanks will be used to store hydrogen before being converted as fuel to power the electric SUV. As such, Hyundai says it will have a range of 800 km on a single charge.
Thanks to new technology, Hyundai says max power output of the upcoming SUV is at 163 PS. Furthermore, the technology has allowed the FCEV to overcome cold start even in extreme cold temperatures, as low as minus 30 degrees celcius.
“With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, Hyundai Motor Group's’ Eco Technology Center’s senior vice president.
Following the launch of their fuel cell SUV next year, Hyundai plans to launch several other eco-friendly models soon after. An electric Kona is slated for a launch next year, while a Genesis electric vehicle is expected follow in 2021.