Honda has announced plans to stage the world premiere of an all-new fuel cell vehicle at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Tentatively called the FCV, it’s an interesting sedan with a rather controversial exterior design while the body has been thoroughly optimized to be very aerodynamic in order to improve the vehicle’s efficiency.
Up front we notice a very distinctive fascia with horizontal headlights that have a metallic trim which is continued on the center grille while the LED daytime running lights appear to take the shape of a boomerang. Other noticeable features include the vented front fenders, partially covered rear wheels and a black roof contrasting the cherry red body.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, it looks more upscale compared to Honda’s recent production cars and features leather-wrapped seats, metallic accents and a wood trim while the center console hosts a large touchscreen display for the infotainment system. The cabin has enough room for five adults and seems to feature a fully digital instrument cluster along with a stylish three-spoke steering wheel.
Details about the hardware inside the Honda FCV are limited at the moment of writing, but the Japanese marque has informed us the car will have a maximum range of more than 700 km thanks to a fuel-cell powertrain and high-output electric motors that will enable an “exhilarating drive.” Interestingly, Honda mentions the FCV will be able to work as a “mobile power plant” that can generate and provide electricity to the local community in case of an emergency.
There’s no word about a launch date, but most likely the fuel cell sedan will go on sale in the first half of next year and will compete with the Toyota Mirai which entered production several months ago in Japan.
We will know more about the Honda FCV in less than a month as the vehicle will be introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show.