Honda recently unveiled the new City Hybrid or City e:HEV in India. The bookings for the new Honda City Hybrid has already been open in dealerships and now the new sedan has started to reach dealership yards. It will be launched on 4th May and will be available in a single fully equipped ZX variant.
The Honda City Hybrid gets a new engine as compared to its predecessor. The City Hybrid that reached the dealership was spotted in a white colour. It features a redesigned fog lamp housing which with LED fog lamps and a redesigned grille with a mesh pattern. The Honda badge at the rear has got a blue halo that indicates the car is powered by a hybrid powertrain.
Colour, Availability and launch
The sedan is offered in five attractive colours- radiant red metallic, platinum white pearl, meteoroid grey, golden brown metallic and lunar silver metallic. As we have told earlier, the Honda City Hybrid is available in a single ZX variant.
The Honda City Hybrid will be launched on May 4, 2022 and booking of the sedan has started from April 14. Honda has started the deliveries of the Honda City Hybrid to dealerships. The . The ex-showroom price of the sedan will be shared by Honda very soon.
The nearest rivals of the Honda City are Skoda Slavia, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. However, the Honda City Hybrid does not have any specific competitor in the Indian market.
Engine and driving modes
The Honda City Hybrid is powered by two electric motors that work along with a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine. The 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC generates a power of 98PS of power and a torque of 127 Nm. However, when it is paired with the electric motor it the combines power is 126 PS. The total torque of the sedan is 253 Nm.
The fuel efficiency of the Honda City Hybrid is 26.5 kmpl (ARAI). The company offers an 8-year warranty on the lithium-ion battery as well. Three driving modes are offered on the Honda City Hybrid- Hybrid Drive, Engine Drive and EV Drive. In the EV drive, the sedan is driven exclusively by motor using battery for a silent and zero-emission drive. In the Hybrid drive mode, the petrol engine acts as an electric generator and motor drives the wheels, which provides an exhilarating feeling. The third mode is the Engine drive mode; the engine runs at high fuel efficiency to directly drive the wheels. However, when the situation demands, the motor gives a peak power boost.
The sedan features a 17.7 cm (7 in) HD full colour tft meter console along with 20.3cm (8 in) advanced touchscreen display, power flow meters, Honda Sensing support and various other alerts and warnings. The Honda Sensing system offers some key features like Collision Mitigation Braking System (CBMS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beam, etc.
The safety features on the Honda City sedan include 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), auto dimming interior mirror, Hill Start Assist (HSA), multi-angle rear view camera, lanewatch camera, tyre pressure monitoring system etc.