Coming at the close of 2016, the Honda clarity promises to be a force to reckon with in 2017. This sedan is undoubtedly and most definitely arguably the most advanced car Honda has put out on the market. Honda has in the recent years been working on fuel cell vehicles, the most notable of that program being the Honda Accord.
At a glance, the Honda Clarity looks to have evolved from its predecessors. The 193 inch long sedan has flattened angles and its profile appearing to be a bit more portly at the rear ends of the vehicle.
At all four corners are small openings for air intake just ahead of each wheel. Also, despite the Clarity having a gently sloping profile, the sedan comes with a rather discrete trunk. For a fuel cell vehicle, I must say that Honda has done a pretty fantastic job in the design. Style and elegance, that is what the Honda clarity portrays.
The four door sedan accommodates five passengers in total. There is also ample space for rear passengers, especially those with long legs. In addition to the space, the Honda comes with an 8 —inch touch screen that can be used to control various systems in the car that include audio, navigation as well as other essential functions that the driver might require.
The touchscreen has other additional features such as a hydrogen station locator that will assist the driver in finding a nearby filling station. Also, an energy-use monitor is included to help the driver keep tabs with the energy consumption of the car. Besides that, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be fully supported.
Engine and Performance
The 2017 Honda Clarity is a front-wheel drive that is capable of an output of about 174 horsepower with approximately 221 pounds per foot of torque. With such specifications do not expect the Honda Clarity to be a very fast car, especially with a total weight of about 4,200 pounds.
For those interested in the technical details of this car, do not worry, I got you covered. The fuel cell of the Clarity has a lithium-ion battery that is located in the floor. Its basic function is to provide a buffer in the stack of fuel cells that reside under the hood with the electric motor as well as other ancillary equipment. Also, the Clarity 2017 comes with two hydrogen tanks at 10,000 psi, the smaller one located beneath the back seat while the larger one resting behind the backseat. The total capacity of the tanks being around 5 kilograms of hydrogen that will take around 5 minutes to fill at the pump.
For efficiency, the Clarity 2017 is in the range of around 60 miles per kilogram of hydrogen fuel.
Safety is of utmost importance and Honda has done well to equip the Honda Clarity 2017 with the Honda Sensing technology suite that entails a lane departure warning system, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking system and lane keeping assistant.
2017 Honda Clarity Pricing and Release Date
The exact pricing for the Honda Clarity 2017 has not been announced. However, dependable speculations place the price of the sedan at about $60,000 when the rubber meets the road in the coming months.