Honda previews Tokyo-bound, fuel cell-powered FCV

Honda previews Tokyo-bound, fuel cell-powered FCV

Honda has published the first official images of the fuel cell-powered sedan that it will introduce at this year’s edition of the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.

Tentatively called simply Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV), the sedan is billed as a follow-up to the FCX Clarity and it’s aimed directly at the 2016 Toyota Mirai. It was previewed by a concept that was presented approximately two years ago at the Los Angeles Motor Show and updated last year.

The FCV’s silhouette carries over from the concept to the production model with very few changes, but the design has been toned down significantly. Up front, the FCV features elongated headlights and L-shaped daytime running lights that stretch well into the bumper, a styling cue also found on the recently-introduced Renault Talisman. The rear portion of the car is characterized by a squared-off wheel arch, but pictures of the back end aren’t available yet.

Inside, the FCV gets a simple and uncluttered dashboard with a digital instrument cluster and a large, tablet-like touch screen located right in the middle of the center console. Wood trim on the dashboard, on the center console, and on the door panels adds a premium touch to the overall look.

Technical details are being kept under wraps until the start of the Tokyo show. Similarly, Honda hasn’t revealed what markets the FCV has been designed for and how much it will cost when it goes on sale.

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