A sleekly-styled design study for a next-generation plug-in hybrid, the Honda AC-X Concept - short for Advanced Cruiser Experience -- is designed to deliver "a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience in urban and long-distance motoring."  Visually, this sophisticated one-off liberally borrows exterior cues from the Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle which are interspersed with a host of aero-optimizing tweaks including an "active" front bumper and rear diffuser as well as transparent fixed covers over the wheels. The net result is a stunning 0.21 coefficient of drag.

The four-passenger AC-X Concept is fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 120kW/ electric motor that collectively turn out 127 horsepower, return about 100 mpg when run in hybrid mode and have a total range in excess of 600 miles. When operating as a pure EV, the AC-X Concept can travel up to 31 miles on a single charge and reach a speed of 62 mph.

Perhaps the most intriguing bit of trick tech to be found in the Honda AC-X Concept is the ability to toggle between its more driver-engaging "Engine Drive Mode" and the grand-touring oriented "Automatic Drive Mode." The latter, an autonomous alternative activated at the touch of a button, tucks the AC-X Concept's twin-joystick lever-steering elements into the dash, reclines the driver's and front passenger's seats and pops a footrest into place while the car itself takes charge.

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