Global debut of Honda’s all new FCV vehicle
Presaged by two concept cars, the imaginatively named FCEV Concept and the FCV Concept, Honda’s new hydrogen-fuel-cell sedan has now been shown in production form, ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the Tokyo auto show.
Still (tentatively) called the FCV, the hydrogen-powered Honda’s appearance hasn’t strayed far from the FCV Concept (below) that the company rolled out last January at Detroit.
Honda FCV Concept
Honda FCV Concept, from Detroit 2015.
The real car—the red one—has a less exotic front end, with a more traditional grille. It also sprouts door handles (very practical), an arc-shaped piece of chrome that follows the roofline, and redesigned front fender vents. The greenhouse takes on more of a Crosstour-like shape, which is a little unfortunate.
Honda FCEV concept
Honda FCEV Concept, the first in the series.
Honda says the production car will offer a cruising range of more than 435 miles, but that’s for the Japanese market, which has a different test cycle than we do. For us, it will be closer to the 300 miles that Honda was talking at the time of the FCV Concept. The company also boasts that it was able to package all the powertrain components outside of the passenger compartment, allowing the FCV to seat five.
Further details are scarce. Will the FCV be available for lease only, like the FCX Clarity was? Or will buyers be able to purchase one, as they can with the fuel-cell-powered Toyota Mirai? Hopefully, we’ll learn more once the FCV makes its official debut at Tokyo and before it arrives on our shores in 2016.