All-New Hyundai NEXO – Design

- The All-New NEXO is characterised by a pure and calm design emphasising its streamlined silhouette and a floating roof.

A pure shape engineered to be efficient, yet beautiful, reflecting the style of an SUV. Through close cooperation with the aerodynamics department Hyundai’s Future Utility Vehicle integrates form and function in a smooth and seamless manner.

Exterior Design

The seamless front appears wide and clearly defined with purist composite light. The full LED Daytime Running Lights and the position lamp are visually separated, but still connect with Hyundai’s SUV family design. Both Daytime Running Lights on the front are joined by a continuous, thin line of light emphasising the elegant and horizontal front layout. This line of light is inspired by the light above the horizon at dawn and integrates neatly with the signature Cascading Grille. The grille has been widened to increase the air intake, rounding off the strong visual impact of the front. Triangular headlamps below the lights emphasise the progressive character of the car and are a unique design feature.

The seamless design continues over the side to the rear. The thin, floating roof is emphasised by the large daylight opening and slim D-pillar that runs into the rear spoiler. The rear features an almost triangular shaped window that wraps to the side and a long, prominent spoiler creating a distinct look. The integrated rear wiper is hidden underneath the rear spoiler for a clean rear look and is a Hyundai first. The triangular design of the rear headlamps shares the design with the headlights. Its jewel-like inner lenses create a premium look. The rear lights combined with the horizontal layout of the rear gives the car a strong stance.

NEXO is the first Hyundai vehicle with integrated flush door handles. This special handle accomplishes a clean design of the car’s side and improves the airflow. Drivers can opt for automatic deployment of the door handles, either for the driver’s door or for all four doors. The mechanism automatically contracts after five seconds when the car is started. When the car accelerates above 3 km/h, the handles retract automatically.

The All-New NEXO is available in five different, low emission paint colours. Customers can choose between a painting in White Cream, Cocoon Silver, Copper Metallic, Titanium Grey and Dusk Blue.

Optimised in aerodynamics

The design features of the All-New NEXO are optimised for aerodynamics improving the air flow and reducing air resistance. Alternative materials such as an alloy bumper beam and a plastic fender were applied in order to minimise NEXO’s weight through a lightweight technology. Multiple aerodynamic features are discreetly integrated into the front, side and rear. The lower bumper on the front houses wheel air curtains on each side. The air flowing around the cabin is channelled through the air ducts as part of the D-pillar. Further design elements that improve aerodynamics are retractable door handles, hidden rear wiper and a full body undercover and large air ducts as part of the D-pillar. These elements are integrated into the body without interrupting the visual flow. The overall drag coefficient is as low as 0.329.

The engine’s oxygen flow is met by the large opening of the Cascading Grille at the front and small air intakes at the car’s rear.

Interior Design

In the FUV’s interior state of the art technology harmonises with purism. Moreover, the interior continues the car’s horizontal layout in the cockpit. Most prominent is the wide dashboard that houses two large LCD displays. The newly integrated displays completely transform the dashboard’s architecture. While its visual weight is significantly minimised, the interior space is maximised with a light and almost panoramic appearance. A two-spoke steering wheel comes with a two-tone colour scheme complementing the modern and clean style of the interior.

Another prominent element in the interior is the bridge-type centre console with its heightened position for a high-tech appearance and an intuitive operation of the car. Physical buttons operate the shift by wire, activate drive modes and change the climate settings; the physical control knob accesses navigation functions. An extra storage space for personal items can be found underneath the centre console. The large lower tray holds the wireless charging and two USB ports.

In addition, the pure and clean design is complimented by the use of UL (Underwriters Laboratories)-certified bio materials for every surface inside the car. Vegan leather and textile piping is applied on the seats, eco-fibers on basis of cane sugar used for headliners and floor mats as well as eco-paint for the centre fascia. In total, 15 per cent of the materials utilised on the inside are of eco-materials improving the CO2 balance of NEXO by further 20 per cent.

For the interior, customers can choose between two colour combinations: A two-tone Stone and Shell Grey and one-tone Meteor Blue. The interior trim is available in vegan leather with a unique perforation and textile piping.

The world’s first unified three-tank system with its small tank size creates more space for passengers and luggage – giving customers the roominess of a true SUV. Additionally, the wheelbase is increased by 150 mm compared to the ix35 Fuel Cell. This results in the best total interior space of any current fuel cell electric vehicle and creates a fully flat luggage area with a luggage capacity of 461 litres (VDA) and maximum 1,466 litres (VDA) with seats folded flat.