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2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid Production begins | V3Cars

Honda Cars India have commenced production of the upcoming City e:HEV hybrid sedan. Bookings for the City e:HEV began on April 14, when Honda unveiled the India-spec City hybrid sedan. Honda Cars India plan to launch the City e:HEV hybrid in May 2022. When launched, Honda City e:HEV will become the most fuel-efficient sedan in its class, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.5kmpl.

2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid

The Honda City e:HEV comes with a self-charging hybrid setup. The 1.5L petrol engine in the City e:HEV is coupled to two electric motors. One motor acts as a starter-generator and channels power from the engine to charge the battery whereas the other motor, called the traction motor, powers the front wheels. Under most conditions, the electric motor channels power to the wheels. However, the clutch is engaged to channel power from the engine when needed.

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Speaking of performance, the City e:HEV hybrid has a combined power output of 126PS. The electric motor offers a peak torque of 253Nm between 0-3000rpm. The top speed of the City Hybrid sedan is limited to 176kmph. Honda also revealed that the thermal efficiency of the e:HEV powertrain is 40-45% better than the rivals.

The Honda City e:HEV hybrid also gets Honda Sensing, which is Honda speak for autonomous driving assistance systems or ADAS. Honda Sensing features on the City hybrid include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Auto High Beam

Also Read: Honda City Hybrid ADAS features explained

City Hybrid Production

In terms of cosmetics, Honda have given the City e:HEV a few differentiating factors to make it stand apart from the regular City. The changes include blue surrounds for the Honda logo, front grille, fog lamp garnish, rear diffuser and boot lip spoiler, as well as ‘e:HEV’ badging. However, the City e:HEV misses out on the sporty RS body kit, which is seen on the Thai-spec City e:HEV.

In addition to the features that are available in the standard Honda City, the City e:HEV also gets ambient lighting, electric parking brake with auto hold, multi-level regenerative braking, all-four disc brakes, walk-away auto lock, remote engine start and AC control. In addition to that, Honda have also improved their Honda Connect connected car technology with 37 features and newly added smartwatch features.

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Honda will offer a 3-year unlimited km warranty along with an 8-year limited warranty for the lithium-ion battery pack. The Honda City e:HEV strong hybrid sedan will be launched in May 2022. Bookings and test drives are currently open. The City e:HEV will not have any direct rivals for now. However, the standard petrol and diesel-powered Honda City rival the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Slavia and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amit Saraswat

Born and brought up in Agra, he grew up reading magazines more than textbooks. With a keen interest in cars, he decided to make his future in automotive journalism and is currently helping in content at V3Cars.

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