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Fuel-cell Hyundai Nexo bows at CES


Heading for a select number of markets later this year, Hyundai has used to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil the Nexo fuel-cell SUV.

One of 18 so-called eco-friendly models set to be introduced by 2025, the Nexo not only serves as a replacement for the ix35 FCEV, but also features a number of new and improved driver assistance systems, as well as more power.

Borrowing styling hints from the FE Concept shown in March last year, the Nexo's range of tech includes a market first Blind Spot Monitoring system that uses cameras on all sides to provide a clear view of the prevailing surroundings, which a traditional rear-view mirror is unable to offer. These are then shown on a centre cluster display.

In addition, the Nexo comes with Lane Following Assist, a first for Hyundai, that can adjust the steering automatically to keep it between the lines at speeds up to 145 km/h. Another first is Highway Driving Assist that uses sensors and a map to adjust speed, effectively providing semi-autonomous driving.

The Nexo's gadget count also includes Remote Smart Parking Assist which, as its name points out, allows it to be parked without the driver being present inside. According to Hyundai, "Nexo drivers will be able to park with complete confidence and accuracy" when faced with "challenging parking scenarios".

Based on a new dedicated fuel-cell platform, power for the Nexo comes from a 120 kW electric motor that improves on the ix35 FCEV's 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time by a full three seconds, and pushes the claimed range up from 589 km to 804 km.

No pricing has yet been announced but don't expect to Nexo to arrive in South Africa anytime soon.

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