Hyundai’s hy­dro­gen SUV out on test be­fore Ve­gas de­but

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HYUNDAI is plough­ing ahead with its range of al­ter­na­tively fu­elled ve­hi­cles, and next in the pipe­line is a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered SUV.

A near-pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the FCEV (fuel cell elec­tric ve­hi­cle) has been caught test­ing in Ger­many ahead of its of­fi­cial un­veil­ing at Jan­uary’s Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas.

The dis­guise-free model has a svelte, low-drag body shape with a front-end that fea­tures thin LED head­lights in­spired by those on the Kona cross­over, while re­cessed door han­dles also ap­pear. The rear fea­tures tri­an­gu­lar LED tail-lights and a spoiler.

We’ve yet to see the SUV’S in­te­rior, but the cabin from the con­cept has given us a good idea of what to ex­pect. Dual screens on top of the dash will dis­play the in­stru­ments, pow­er­train data and in­fo­tain­ment, while the cen­tre con­sole rises up to­wards the dash. Hyundai also promisesses “ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies” which we’lll hear more about at CES.

The pro­duc­tion car will con­tain Hyundai’s fourth-gen­er­a­tion fuel cell, which is 20 per cent lighter and nine per cent more ef­fi­cient than the cur­rent sys­tem in the ix35. It’ll pro­duce around 160bhp and Hyundai claims a range of 497 miles.les.

The FCEV is ex­pected to be cheaper and sold in greater num­bers than the hy­dro­gen ix35, which cost more than £53,000.

SLIP­PERY Aero­dy­namic body­work fea­tures in­te­gral door han­dles and a rear spoiler

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