Hyundai will keep busy at CES in 2018 by unveiling its upcoming fuel-cell-powered crossover, next-gen autonomous vehicle tech, and the concept for the brand's future of automotive cabins. The company will also show off ways to use hydrogen power in the home. So far, Hyundai doesn't give the new FCEV model a name but promises to unveil the moniker during the show.
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Compared to the existing fuel-cell-powered Tucson, this new hydrogen-fueled crossover is a significantly better looking vehicle. The sharp nose features a wavy mesh grille and two-tiered lights. In profile, black trim outlines the greenhouse and semi-floating roof design. Spy shots of a mostly undisguised test mule (below) show that the vehicle as a funky rear with strakes on each side of the rear glass, triangular taillights, and metallic trim along the lower bumper.
Gallery: Second-Generation Hyundai FCEV SUV
The new fuel cell reportedly operates at 60 percent efficiency, which is 9 percent better than the powertrain in the Tucson Fuel Cell. The improved tech allegedly pushes its range to 500 miles (804 kilometers). Hyundai will also equip the model with its latest autonomous driving tech, but these systems will likely trickle out to higher volume products later.
The lack of a hydrogen infrastructure is still a problem across the world. The South Korean government has pledged to install over 100 refueling points across the country by 2020.
Hyundai teased details about its next-gen cabin concept in December. The so-called Intelligent Personal Agent uses artificial intelligence to improve the quality of voice commands, including the ability to process multiple requests in a single sentence. The tech can also predict the driver's needs and tailor information accordingly. A simplified version of this system should debut on 2019 model year vehicles.
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Gallery: Hyundai next-generation FCEV
Hyundai to Debut All-New Autonomous Features on Next-Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle at CES 2018
Next-generation FCEV model and its name to be unveiled
Hyundai to showcase vision for hydrogen-powered life beyond transportation
All-new artificial intelligence-enhanced personal cockpit to be displayed
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., January 4, 2018 - Hyundai Motor will showcase a trio of new technologies at CES 2018 from January 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, all focused on connecting future technology with evolving mobility challenges. Hyundai’s next-generation hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle equipped with new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies will be featured and its new name revealed.
The new fuel cell EV is the newest edition to the Hyundai’s eco-vehicle portfolio and it will help to fulfill Hyundai’s vision to offer clean mobility to the world.
In addition, Hyundai will connect its progress on hydrogen-powered mobility to hydrogen-powered applications in the home via a section of the booth dedicated to the Hydrogen Life Vision. Rounding out Hyundai’s future technology demonstrations will be a reimagined view from the driver’s perspective inside the Intelligent Personal Cockpit, featuring artificial-intelligence-enhanced voice recognition and vital sign-based wellness care, all from the comfort of the driver’s seat.
The press conference will take place at Mandalay Bay (Level 2, Oceanside C) at 3:00 p.m. PST on Monday, January 8 and will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/dbiFJP1eD18. At the press conference, Chris Urmson, the CEO of Aurora, will join key Hyundai executives as one of speakers to share details on the joint research and development of autonomous driving technology. During the exhibition following the press day, Hyundai will display its cutting edge technologies and products at booth number 6329 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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