The Chevrolet Volt might get its main key competitor on the market with the upcoming 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The Clarity model is the brand’s first and only vehicle so far to be offered in the fuel-cell, all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions. As to say, the Honda is perhaps the first car maker which has released all these versions in one electric model. This mid-size sedan has been presented at the New York Show and impressed us all with its excellent efficiency and all-electric range. As the matter of fact, the new Clarity PHEV will offer even better range than expected.
Visually, the new Honda PHEV will be very similar to the outgoing EV and FC models but naturally it will feature some unique design details in order to distinguish from the rest of the models in lineup. The safety will be in the top of the class and we can expect many standard modern technologies.
Its main rivals will be Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Prime and BMW i3.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid powertrain and performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will use a 1.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle gasoline unit. This engine will pair with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It will have the capacity of 17 kWh and will be placed behind the rear seats. The total output of this unit will be 181 horses and 232 pound-feet of torque. Its range will be more than 330 miles while the all-electric ranges will be even 47 miles. As well, the battery needs two and a half hours for the full recharge. There will be three driving modes: Normal Econ and Sport.
Furthermore, as for the efficiency, the upcoming Clarity gets 105 MPGe which is better than its main rivals such as Volt and Prius Prime models. On the other hand, the gasoline engine is rated at 40 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 42 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will feature the similar design as the EV and FC models. Of course, like the rest two models of the lineup, the PHEV version will feature several unique details. So the new Honda will get unique badges and a different design of the wheels. It will ride on the 18-inch alloy wheels. Furthermore, we will also notice slightly redesigned grille and revised full LED taillights. As well, the headlamps will also receive standard LED lighting which will provide excellent visibility.
Inside, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will ensure exceptional comfort and great equipment. The driver’s seat will be 8-way adjustable and will have two memory settings. All the materials used in the design of the cabin will be very quality and will provide luxurious feel. On the center of the dash, there will be a touchscreen with Honda Satellite Navigation system. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be standard too. As for the safety, it will be provided with adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane keeping assist, collision alert and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid should go on sale later this year. Its price is estimated to be around $35,000.