Honda City Hybrid e:HEV unveiled in India: Key highlights
- Honda City e:HEV Hybrid vehicle will be manufactured in India.
Honda Cars India has unveiled the hybrid version of its City sedan today. The mid-size sedan, which has been one of the best-selling models for the Japanese carmaker in India, is currently in its fifth generation. The new Honda City Hybrid will be the first major launch from the carmaker this year. Currently offered with petrol and diesel powertrains, the new Honda City Hybrid will offer an opportunity for the carmaker to consolidate the sedan's position among older rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz or Hyundai Verna, as well as newer players like Skoda Slavia or the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.
Honda City Hybrid: The unveiling event comes to an end
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Honda City Hybrid bookings
Honda City Hybrid comes in a fully-loaded form factor and bookings open today for interested customers.
There is an eight year limited warranty on offer on the Lithium ion battery pack inside the City Hybrid, apart from a three-year unlimited kms warranty as well.
Honda claims City Hybrid has a mileage of 26.5 kmpl, making it the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedan in the country at present.
There is 117 bhp and 250 Nm of torque for the taking.
Driving force behind Honda City Hybrid
Honda underlines hi-tech performance, styling and safety as the three key pillars on which the City Hybrid is based on.
Honda confirms the City e:HEV will be manufactured in India.
At the heart of it all
Self-charging twin motor unit inside the City Hybrid gives it its electric credentials.
Outline for 2030
Honda aims to have two-thirds of global sales coming in through sustainable vehicles which include hybrid, fuel-cell and electric vehicles.
Quick take on petrol price today
A litre of petrol in Delhi today remains at ₹105.41. It is at ₹120.51 per litre in Mumbai. How much of an impact of these would be on the reception towards Honda City Hybrid?
Honda City Hybrid: Interior features
Honda City Hybrid is expected to come with a tweaked touchscreen information display, an updated instrument cluster and more inside the cabin.
Honda City Hybrid: Exterior features
Honda City Hybrid would come with a similar design as the current standard Honda City. However, the top-spec variant with a hybrid powertrain is expected to come with LED headlamps and fog lamps, e:HEV hybrid badges, and a new lip spoiler over the tail-lamp among other design elements. It would come with 16-inch alloy wheels.
Honda City Hybrid: Power, torque and mileage
India-spec Honda City Hybrid is expected to churn out similar power and torque output as the Thailand-spec model. The Thailand-spec Honda City Hybrid puts out 109 PS of power and 253 Nm of torque. Also, it returns 27.78 kmpl of mileage.
Honda City Hybrid: Honda Car India's third hybrid model
In the past, Honda Car India launched hybrid sedans like the Civic and Accord in the country. The City Hybrid be the first hybrid in the midsize sedan segment where it has been ruling for the past two decades.
Honda City Hybrid: Powertrain
Honda City Hybrid will have one petrol engine paired with two electric motors. Combined, this hybrid powertrain is expected to boost the mileage and running range of the midsize sedan significantly.
Honda City Hybrid: Rivals
Honda City Hybrid is expected to further increase the appeal of the already popular midsize sedan. Upon launch, it will compete with rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, and Skoda Slavia. Also, it will challenge the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus as well.
Honda City Hybrid: Variants and Features
Honda will offer the new City Hybird sedan in two trims, which include the V and ZX trims. The top-spec ZX trim will come with Honda's own ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). It is expected to get features like emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, auto high beam assist and front collision warning system.
Bookings and expected price
Honda has already opened bookings for the 2022 City Hybrid as dealers have started accepting pre-bookings. Being a hybrid model, the new Honda City Hybrid will come out as a costlier offering demanding a premium over the standard model. The expected price of the sedan is likely to be around ₹18 lakh (ex-showroom).
Honda City vs Honda City Hybrid: What will change
As far as looks are concerned, there will not be many noticeable differences between the Honda City Hybrid and the fifth-generation City that was launched back in 2020. However, as the teaser image suggest, there will be one e:HEV badging at the rear which will distinguish the City Hybrid from other models in the family.