Hyundai has announced it will launch a hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2018, along with 14 or more new “environmentally-focused” models set to arrive by 2020. The manufacturer unveiled the FE Fuel Cell Concept on its Geneva Motor Show stand to signal the direction of its futuristic new model.

The FE (which stands for ‘Future Eco’) certainly looks very different to the ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle, which furthered the development of the technology, and sold to a select number of pioneering customers. Smooth bodywork has been tuned to improve aerodynamics, and there are even vents and aerofoils to aid airflow that you might normally expect to see on a supercar.

Improvements have been made to the powertrain too, which is now 20 per cent lighter and 10 per cent more efficient according to Hyundai, while its fuel cells have a 30 per cent greater power density, improving range to around 500 miles. This will be especially important for prospective customers, given the limited nature of the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

The production SUV that will take its inspiration from the FE Fuel Cell Concept will also usher in Hyundai Smart Sense, the Korean manufacturer’s take on semiautonomous driving technology. The finished car isn’t likely to be cheap when it arrives next year, with estimates suggesting that it will cost more than £50,000 after Government subsidies have been deducted.