The 2016 Honda Clarity has been unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, introducing the Japanese brand’s all-new, production-ready, hydrogen-powered family sedan.
The Clarity becomes Honda’s third-generation fuel cell vehicle, though unlike its predecessor, the California-only FCX Clarity, the innovative new model will be rolled out in a number of hydrogen-ready markets around the world from next year.
It will launch first in Japan in the first half of next year, with the US and Europe to follow from the second half of 2016. It’s likely to be sold wherever its key rival, the Toyota Mirai, is sold. Australia’s non-existent hydrogen refuelling infrastructure means any local introduction will be years away, if it reaches our shores at all.
Under the Japanese testing regime, the Clarity claims a cruising range of more than 700 kilometres, giving it bragging rights over the Mirai, which is rated at 650km.
Unlike the four-seat Toyota, Honda’s hydrogen model boasts an uncompromised five-seat cabin, as its entire fuel cell powertrain is packaged in the space normally occupied by a conventional engine and transmission.