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Honda City e:HEV Hybrid Unveiled – Bookings Open Ahead Of May Launch | V3Cars

Honda have taken the wraps off the City e:HEV for the Indian market. Bookings for the strong hybrid sedan from Honda are now open, while the launch of the City e:HEV is scheduled to take place in May 2022. The Honda City Hybrid comes with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.5kmpl, making it the most efficient compact sedan in the country.

2022 Honda City 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 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.

2022 City Hybrid

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

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 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 rivals 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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