The new Honda Clarity Hybrid reveals the company’s focus on electric cars. Honda wants electrified cars to represent two-thirds of its worldwide sales by 2030. The company will launch three Clarity cars, namely Fuel Cell, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid. The Honda Clarity Hybrid will be the volume model. They plan to ship it to 50 different states.
The new Clarity PHEV comes in two distinct trim levels. The price for the base version starts at $34,290. The car features 18-inch wheels with Michelin Energy Saver tires, multi-angle rear-view camera, LED lighting and adaptive cruise control. Furthermore, the new vehicle also has the safety technology Honda Sensing suite, heated front seats, lane-keeping assist and a touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The new Honda Clarity PHEV is amazing
The other version, the touring trim one, is a bit more expensive, being valued at $37,490. Besides the features stated above, this one also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, a satellite navigation system, a four-way power passenger seat, Ultrasuede trim pieces and leather-trimmed upholstery.
Between the two trim levels, Honda expects a 50/50 sales mix. The Honda Clarity PHEV has a powertrain that combines two electric motors with a 1.5-liter engine. The gasoline engine works on the Atkinson cycle. It achieves an extraordinary thermal efficiency of 40%, being greater than any other engine. The lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 17kWh. Hence, it has 232 pound-feet of torque, a 212 total system horsepower, 47 miles of electric driving range and a total range of 340 miles.
One of the most interesting features is in the massive trunk which has a small strip of glass that allows you to see into the cabin. From the driver’s seat, this allows a broader line of sight, increasing confidence. The new 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid is meant to innovate driving.
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