Honda introduced the Clarity nameplate back in 2008 with the FCX Clarity, a mid-size, five-passenger, four-door sedan equipped with a hydrogen-powered electrical motor. Based on the FCX Concept vehicle from 2006, the original Clarity was the very first hydrogen fuel cell automobile ever offered for general public intake. Production of the initial Clarity ended in 2014 with just a handful of units offered, but now it’s back, with Honda reestablishing the nameplate in December of 2016. The basics are the very same, consisting of the four-door sedan body design bristling with unpopular cuts and information, while under the hood you’ll find a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Joining the H2-powered model now is 2 other powertrains, including an all-electric and plug-in hybrid variation, both which were revealed previously this year at the New York International Auto Show.
2018 Honda Clarity Exterior
Like many green alternative forms of transport these days, the 2018 Honda Clarity gets an unique, standout exterior style that’s difficult to miss out on. The main inspiration behind the Clarity’s styling is practical in nature, with the body panels reducing the overall drag coefficient and optimizing the miles possible from each of the models’ respective power sources. And while visual appeals are secondary, the distinct look also helps sell the idea that this car is “different” from a more conventional internal combustion-only sedan. It’s a questionable, polarizing design, that’s for sure, however considering the success of rivals like the Toyota Prius, a vehicle with an equally odd method to styling, it’s skeptical Honda will lose sales by taking chances with the Clarity’s appearance.
2018 Honda Clarity Interior
While not as “out there” as the exterior styling, the 2018 Honda Clarity interior does continue a few of the spacey vibe first seen in the body panels. The central tunnel in particular gets the sci-fi treatment thanks to a geometric, angular cut, and center stripe of buttons. Behind the three-spoke, multifunction guiding wheel is a set of digital assesses, while the central dash is geared up with a touchscreen display screen to relay details like navigation and various other infotainment bits. Dealing with the infotainment tasks is Honda’s Display Audio platform, which uses broadened smart device assistance through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including smartphone-esque operation like tap, pinch, and swipe commands.
2018 Honda Clarity Engine
Finally, there’s the Clarity Fuel Cell, which gets numerous powertrain improvements and upgrades compared with the previous model year of the hydrogen-powered Clarity. For 2018, Honda provided the Clarity a more compact fuel cell stack, down by around 33 percent in size, while also improving power density by 66 percent. Honda says the fuel cell and hydrogen powertrain are now approximately equivalent in measurements to a modern V-6 internal combustion engine, providing greater cabin space as a result. Total range with a complete tank of hydrogen is 366 miles, which Honda states is the greatest EPA-rated driving range of a zero-emission vehicle on the United States market.
2018 Honda Clarity Price and Release Date
Honda will produce the 2018 Honda Clarity in the United States, with Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants offered in dealerships later in 2017. Official prices numbers have yet to be revealed, but expect figures around the $35,000 mark.