The Honda FCX Clarity-replacing 2016 Honda FCV sedan has been officially revealed as the production version of the Honda FCV Concept which was unveiled for the first time in November last year. The company has announced that the next generation FCV sedan will have its world premiere at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show that starts on October 28. The ‘FCV’ name is tentative though.
The production version derives the basic design from the concept, at least on the front, sides and the top, but does get subtle changes that considerably reduce the emotional styling of the concept. The front fascia is typically Honda with the familiar styling seen in the LED headlamps and upper grille.
The honeycomb mesh grille on the top is complemented by a full-length slat that runs through the headlamps, somewhat similar to the “Flying H” grille seen on the 2016 Honda Civic sedan. L-shaped LED daytime running lights flow down from the headlamps to the air vents.
On the sides, the design of the wheels, doors, windows and fenders is similar to the that of the FCV Concept, all of which are optimized heavily for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. The ventilated front fenders, door handles and the window profile are complemented by a chrome garnish for a premium styling. The beltline, shoulder line and the creases give a curvacious appeal to the car.
The 2016 Honda FCV sedan offers seats for five and has a driving range of over 700 km in JC08 test cycle. For reference, its close rival Toyota Mirai has a driving range of 650 km.
The FCV sedan can function as a “mobile power plant” to provide electricity, when combined an external power feeding inverter. This feature should become very useful in disaster or other emergency situations. Chances are that Honda will debut a production version of the Honda Power Exporter CONCEPT with the FCV, an external power feeding device that helps draw power from the FCV with a maximum output of 9 kW.
More details about the 2016 Honda FCV will be revealed at its world premiere in Japan this month.