Honda Clarity Electric, Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Bound for Dealerships in 2017 | Edmunds

Honda Clarity Electric, Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Bound for Dealerships in 2017


DETROIT — Honda is boosting its green credentials with car shoppers, saying it will launch a Honda Clarity Electric vehicle and a Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in 2017.

Honda's new Clarity family strategy hinges on packaging three powertrains in the same body. Hyundai adopted the same strategy with its new Hyundai Ioniq lineup.

The new 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen sedan will arrive at select Honda dealerships in California later this year, targeting the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan.

The Clarity Fuel Cell will have an expected monthly lease price of under $500 and a driving range in excess of 300 miles, Honda said.

The Clarity Electric hatchback will go on sale in 2017, taking aim at such competitors as the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid hatchback will launch nationwide later in 2017 with an all-electric driving range in excess of 40 miles, according to the automaker.

 Rivals include the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius Prime.

"The Clarity Plug-In will be the volume leader in the series marketed to customers in all 50 states," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.'s automobile division. "Plug-ins like Clarity are going to play an increasingly central role in our strategy going forward and globally we're committed to offering a plug-in variant on our major core models in the future."

Pricing has not been announced on the new additions to the Clarity lineup.

"All Clarity vehicles will offer spacious, five-passenger seating, premium features and interior appointments," Honda said in a statement.

All will feature Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology.

Interested car shoppers can sign up now at automobiles.honda.com/Clarity for the opportunity to become a Clarity Fuel Cell customer.

Edmunds says: If you're making long-range car shopping plans, be aware that the alternative-fuel vehicle options in Honda showrooms are about to increase.

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