Hyundai invited us to drive a prototype of its upcoming hydrogen fuel cell vehicle from LA to Vegas for CES 2018. I expected a camouflaged mule, but was surprised to find it undisguised.

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The prototype debuts a new look for Hyundai, with a narrow LED headlamp bar and an architectural grille.

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The new model rides on a dedicated fuel cell platform that allows it to optimize for packaging and efficiency.

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The new model boasts more hydrogen capacity and a more efficient fuel cell stack and battery, while also losing weight relative to the old Tucson FCEV. 

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Hyundai hasn't announced official range and efficiency numbers, but estimates "over 350 miles" per fill-up and "55 plus mpge."

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Power is also up thanks to a new 120 kW e-motor and significantly more torque.

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The new model will also debut new driver aid features such as remote parking and a lane-centering steering assist feature called Highway Driving Assist. We were unable to test these on the prototype.

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The new model will debut officially at CES 2018 as part of Hyundai's press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

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Hopefully, we'll learn then if the Korean automaker will offer some sort of fuel incentive similar to what Toyota and Honda offer on their FCEV leases.

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Check out our First Drive for more driving impressions and real-world fuel economy estimates, and stay tuned for the rest of our coverage of CES 2018. And click or swipe through for lots more photos.

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