Honda City Hybrid eHEV was officially launched in the Indian auto market on Wednesday at Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom). Honda City Hybrid is backing its cutting-edge technology to not only deliver the claimed mileage figure of 26.5 kmpl, but also to deliver a more enthusiastic and confident driving experience. The automaker claims that its hybrid technology is the best in the world and that in times of current high fuel prices, the Honda City Hybrid eHEV will strike a perfect balance between fuel economy and range anxieties that come with purely electric vehicles.
Honda City has been a dominant player in India's mid-size sedan segment, a space that has shrunk in recent times due to the growing preference for SUVs of all shapes and sizes. But Honda is still determined to maintain its number one spot with the City Hybrid. "The New City e:HEV offers many industry-first features, in keeping with Honda City's heritage, setting industry standards with every introduction," Takuya Tsumura, President and CEO of Honda Cars India, said in a statement. press release. issued by the company. "The overwhelming response we received upon unveiling the model last month reflects the strong acceptance of hybrid technology in the mainstream sector."
While Honda hasn't released numbers regarding the reservation orders, company officials have previously said there could be a wait of several months for the model. This is despite the fact that even the Honda City Hybrid is manufactured locally at the company's plant in Tapokara, Rajasthan.
Honda City hybrid technology
The City Hybrid uses two-Motor e-CVT hybrid system that is linked to a 1.5-litre Atkinson-Cycle DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine. There is also an advanced Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) for a lithium-ion battery and a dual clutch attached to the motor. While the hybrid sedan starts in electric only mode, it automatically switches to hybrid mode as the speed increases. At a high cruising speed, only the petrol engine works.
The Honda City eHEV offers combined output of 126 hp and torque of 253 Nm yet claims 26.5 kilometers per liter of fuel.
Honda City Hybrid Safety Features
While the City Hybrid has all four-wheel disc brakes, its key safety feature is also unique: Honda's sensor technology. Using a wide-view camera on the windshield, the Hybrid version of the City offers assistance features such as lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation brake.
Honda City hybrid exterior updates
The City Hybrid looks almost identical to the conventional fifth-generation City, except for a few updates, such as a stronger front grille, a claw-like outline on the front fog lights, a spoiler on the trunk edge and a diffuser on the bumper. The "H" logo on the front and back is now in a shade of blue as well.
Honda City Hybrid cabin
The City Hybrid has an ivory and black interior color scheme, and the upholstery is made of premium leather. The eight-inch main display has been carried forward, as is the TFT screen, which, however, displays information about the hybrid. There are also paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, but they are used to adjust the intensity of regenerative braking.