Hyundai Motor India Limited has showcased the NEXO, its next-gen fuel cell electric vehicle at the ongoing India-Korea Business Summit in New Delhi. The NEXO SUV is Hyundai's important step to develop low emission models globally. It gets a fuel cell drivetrain, which is lighter than a regular electric powertrain. Hyundai says that the NEXO makes about 161 bhp of max power and peak torque of 395 Nm. Also, the NEXO SUV can do the 0-100 kmph sprint in 9.2 seconds and has a top speed of 177 kmph. The car has a range of 609 kilometres on a single charge according to Korean test standards. In typical SUV way, the NEXO is designed to handle cold starts even when the outside temperature is -30 degree Celsius.
The car was shown to the media by Chung Eui-sun, vice chairman, Hyundai Motor Company and SH Kim, vice president, Namyang R&D Centre, Hyundai Motor Company. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi experienced the car, sitting inside with Chung Eui-sun.
The exterior of the SUV is contemporary, with typical Hyundai crossover styling and a sharp front end. The cascading grille along with the sleek LED headlamps imparts a stylish design sense to the SUV. The interior gets two large LCD screens which make for a total 12.3 inch display. The left display shows the vehicle stats such as speed, range, efficiency while the right display shows the connectivity and infotainment options.
S H Kim, Vice President, Namyang R&D Centre, Hyundai Motor Company, said, "We are glad to participate in the 2nd India-Korea Business Summit 2018. Hyundai has a long term commitment towards Make-in-India for the past 20 years and today we are proud to showcase the Next Generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle - HYUNDAI NEXO SUV, for the first time along with Global EV - IONIQ at the India Korea Summit 2018."
Apart from the fuel cell powertrain, the NEXO SUV also gets a host of connected applications and features such as air purifying ability where in 99. 9 per cent of particulates are purified during the drive and the instrument console also displays the same. Also, the NEXO SUV gets blind spot view monitor, lane following assist, highway driving assist and remote parking assist, where the car can park or get itself out of a parking spot by itself, autonomously.