The Clarity Fuel Cell has been recently offered across Japanese showrooms and the US dealership launch is also drawing near – with this week’s NYIAS (New York International Auto Show) bringing the US specification 2017 model year.
The fuel cell, hydrogen-powered sedan (which is a competitor to Toyota’s Mirai) first debuted back in October last year during the Tokyo Motor Show and should mostly look the same in US guise. The new 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell will be the successor of the FCX Clarity on the US market, and comes with a 33 percent more compact new generation fuel cell stack that also packs a 60 percent jump in terms of power density. Due to the massive re-engineering, the fuel cell and the powertrain are now taking up about the same space as a conventional V6 engine, so now the hardware entirely fits under the car’s hood. This in turn brings a more roomy interior with enough space for five persons (the Mirai only has room for four persons). The 2017 Clarity will also boast an eight-inch touchscreen display to go alongside the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
In the US, the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell will have an EPA-estimated driving range of at least 300 miles (482 kilometers) and will need 3-5 minutes for a tank refill. Safety is handled by Honda’s newest Sensing pack which includes Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control as well as Road Departure Mitigation and Collision Mitigation Braking System (with emergency braking). The model will be available for lease to customers in California before the end of the year, with a targeted monthly lease of no more than $500.