The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV may have been Hyundai’s featured vehicle at the Washington Auto Show, but an off-hand mention of an upcoming battery electric compact car stole some of the headlines. Mike O’Brien, chief U.S. product planner at Hyundai, declared that the automaker is working on a battery electric vehicle (EV) segment … and its plan is to have it on the market within the next three years.
Hyundai showcased the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell CUV at the Washington Auto Show.
At the moment, Hyundai is testing the BlueOn EV in Korea, which is based on the i10, a five-door hatchback designed for city driving. The America-bound EV, on the other hand, will fall in the compact sedan segment, but O’Brien didn’t give away any more details than that:
“It will be a new product, that’s all we can say right now. It will be within the next three years. Not a firm production date, but soon.”
As for the Tucson Fuel Cell CUV, O’Brien said interest has been enormous so far, including 88,000 visitors to the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell microsite in two months. The Tucson FCV has a driving range of 250-300 miles and can be completely refueled in less than 10 minutes. Initially, the zero-emissions Tucson will be available only at certain California dealerships late this spring.
The Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept midsize SUV is projected to get 89 MPGe in hybrid mode and 35 mpg in diesel-only mode.
A little more than a year ago, Volkswagen brought its CrossBlue Concept to the 2013 Detroit auto show, which detailed the automaker’s plans for a seven-passenger SUV. The CrossBlue Concept made another appearance in Detroit this year, only this time Volkswagen revealed more information about the vehicle – including its diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain – and announced that production for the midsize SUV will begin in North America in 2016.
According to Gizmag, the CrossBlue Concept’s powertrain will include a turbocharged four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine, joining the likes of the 2014 VW Passat, Jetta and Touareg as Volkswagen models with TDI Clean Diesel engines.
The all-new midsize SUV is expected to have several driving modes – including Eco, Sport and Offroad settings – and its projected performance numbers are certainly impressive:
- 89 MPGe combined in hybrid mode
- 35 mpg combined in diesel-only mode
- 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds
The CrossBlue Concept vehicle is designed to be slightly longer than the VW Touareg and will have a number of impressive technological features on the inside, such as a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and iPad minis on the back of the front seat head restraints.
Whenever the term “all-new” is used to describe an upcoming vehicle, it typically applies to major changes to the exterior, new technology inside the cabin and/or an improved powertrain. The 2015 Ford F-150, on the other hand, is practically a different vehicle from the outgoing model.
Raj Nair, Ford Motor Company’s group vice president of Global Product Development, described the all-new pickup truck as “a dependable partner, mobile office and a go-anywhere workshop,” thanks to substantial changes to the body and a more technologically advanced interior. It’s also expected to be far and away the most fuel-efficient F-150 yet, largely because of two main factors:
1. The 2015 F-150 is up to 700 pounds lighter than the outgoing model since its body will be constructed with aluminum alloys already used in the military and aerospace industry.
2. A newly available 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which is projected to generate the “same power as some mid-range V8s” while delivering up to 30 mpg on the highway.
In addition to the new 2.7-liter and existing 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines, the 2015 Ford F-150’s powertrain lineup will include an all-new 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8. The pickup will also come with a number of new technological features, such as 360-degrees camera view, Blind Spot Information and Lane-Keeping systems.