2019 Hyundai NEXO fuel cell SUV will be available soon at Southern California dealers and thanks to CarsDirect we already know the starting price. Thanks to Hyundai’s Fuel Cell system, the NEXO can drive up to 380 miles with a single refueling and the automaker hopes to offer a competitive & clean alternative to tradicional SUVs.
The Hyundai NEXO will be offered with two trims, the entry-level “Blue”, that will start at $59,345 including a destination fee of $1,045, just $60 above Toyota Mirai. The another trim available will be the “Limited”, which has been priced from $62,845. There are no options, and both prices are before applicable incentives like the California Clean Vehicle Rebate, which offers $5,000 for eligible buyers.
Both NEXO trims will come well equipped. For example, the base trim comes with LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a synthetic leather interior and heated power seats. It also comes with a full array of driver assistance features like auto emergency braking, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and more.
Opting for the Limited adds $3,500 to the sticker price and gets you larger 19-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, a surround-view monitor, power sunroof, remote parking assist feature, an 8-speaker Krell audio system, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.
At the time of its launch, the NEXO won’t really have a direct competitor. Previously, Hyundai offered the Tucson with a fuel-cell powertrain on a lease-only basis in California with a range of 265 miles. The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is capable of 366 miles of driving but is currently listed on Honda’s website as unavailable till the spring of 2019.
For reference, the Tesla Model X, a full-electric SUV that straddles the line between a premium and luxury sport model, starts at $85,200 and is capable of 237 miles of driving in base form. A longer-range variant called the 100D can last up to 295 miles but comes with a steep price tag just north of $100,000.