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 electric motor. Based on the FCX Concept vehicle from 2006, the initial Clarity was the very first hydrogen fuel cell automobile ever provided for public consumption. Production of the initial Clarity ended in 2014 with simply a handful of units sold, now it’s back, with Honda reestablishing the nameplate in December of 2016. The essentials are the exact same, consisting of the four-door sedan body design bristling with unpopular cuts and details, while under the hood you’ll find a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Signing up with the H2-powered model now is two other powertrains, consisting of an all-electric and plug-in hybrid version, both which were unveiled previously this year at the New York International Auto Show.
Like many green alternative types of transportation nowadays, the 2018 Honda Clarity gets a distinct, standout exterior design that’s difficult to miss. The primary motivation behind the Clarity’s styling is practical in nature, with the body panels lowering the overall drag coefficient and taking full advantage of the miles possible from each of the models’ respective power sources. And while visual appeals are secondary, the unique appearance likewise assists offer the idea that this car is “various” from a more conventional internal combustion-only sedan. It’s a questionable, polarizing design, that’s for sure, but considering the success of competitors like the Toyota Prius, a vehicle with an equally odd approach to styling, it’s skeptical Honda will lose sales by taking possibilities with the Clarity’s appearance.
While not quite as “out there” as the exterior styling, the 2018 Honda Clarity interior does continue some of the spacey vibe initially seen in the body panels. The main tunnel in specific gets the sci-fi treatment thanks to a geometric, angular cut, and center stripe of buttons. Behind the three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel is a set of digital assesses, while the main dash is equipped with a touchscreen display screen to relay details like navigation and different other infotainment bits. Managing the infotainment tasks is Honda’s Display Audio platform, which offers broadened mobile phone assistance through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, consisting of smartphone-esque operation like tap, pinch, and swipe commands.
Finally, there’s the Clarity Fuel Cell, which gets various powertrain improvements and upgrades compared to 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 dimensions to a modern-day V-6 internal combustion engine, providing greater cabin area as a result. Total range with a complete tank of hydrogen is 366 miles, which Honda states is the highest EPA-rated owning series of a zero-emission vehicle on the U.S. market.
Honda will produce the 2018 Honda Clarity in the United States, with Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants offered in dealers later on in 2017. Main rates numbers have yet to be announced, however anticipate figures around the $35,000 mark.