One of the Clarity trio comes a plug-in hybrid. And this model might be the most successful one since its availability is bigger than the other two. For a reminder, the Clarity Fuel Cell is available only in California, while Clarity Electric in one more state, Oregon. And 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will be available from coast to coast.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid – Design And Specs
Of course, the new model has the same architecture as its siblings. Like all-electric Clarity, the plug-in hybrid comes with full LED headlights and LED rear lights. It rides on standard 18-inch wheels which design is unique for every version of Clarity. The only difference besides that is the badging. On the inside engineers used eco-friendly materials without compromising premium feel and comfort. The front seats are 8-way power adjustable with two memory settings. Besides that, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and there’s also Honda’s satellite navigation system. It features 3D map and lane guidance.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid – Powertrain
Under the hood, there is 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle motor. Honda hasn’t unveiled its horsepower, but in combination with an electric motor, the powertrain’s output is 181 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. That is a little more than we can found in all-electric Clarity. Of course, the plug-in hybrid has a smaller battery pack, 17-kWh. That’s 8.5-kWh less than in Clarity Electric, but the car will be able to cover 42 miles on solely electric power which is much more than in Prius, but less than we get from Chevrolet Volt. When working together, the estimated range is 330 miles, with EPA estimate of 105 MPGe. Besides that, the driver will have Honda’s Sensing safety technology. IT comes with front collision alert with emergency automated braking and adaptive cruise control with the lane-keeping assist.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid – Release Date
Will this plug-in hybrid live up to people expectations, we must wait and see what will pricing options be. And we’ll find out that later this year when we get closer to Clarity plug-in hybrid arrival at dealerships.