At the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai's American luxury brand revealed a fuel cell GV80 Concept SUV, which marks a step forward in developing their "Athletic Elegance" design language.


While not much has been said about the powertrain or the capacity of fuel cells, we can assume the new SUV will be equipped with Hyundai's next generation fuel cells, which were introduced in March with the Korean brand's Geneva FF Fuel Cell Concept. The new technology makes them 20 per cent lighter and 10 per cent more efficient than the ones featured in Hyundai ix35 Fuell Cell. Energy density has been increased by 30 per cent, meaning the vehicles will offer greater driving range. 

On the other hand, a lot more has been said about the design features of the concept. According to Genesis, this is their very first intrepretation of a luxury SUV, boasting excellent balance between elegance and versatility. At the front of the GV80 Concept, the most obvious thing is the signature Genesis crest grille with a diamond motif and wide-set horizontal quad headlamps. The exterior features a parabolic side line, connecting the front end with the back, while the overall appearance is additionally emphasized by 23-inch mesh alloy wheels. The doors come with electronic handles and offer an easy access into a spacious cabin with a bridge instrument panel and a wide 22-inch curved display with separate viewing points for the driver and the passenger next to him.

April 14, 2017 Driving photo: Genesis

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