Honda Cars India has launched the Honda City e: HEV in India, making it the country’s first powerful hybrid in its class. The Honda City e: HEV is expected to have an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 26.5 kmpl, making it one of the most fuel-efficient automobiles on the market in India. The car is the first true hybrid in its class, powered by a 1.5ltr NA petrol engine, an electric motor, and a Li-ion battery pack.
Honda City e: HEV will be available in two trim levels – V and ZX. ADAS features like as lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking will be available on the top-tier ZX grade.
Honda City e: HEV Specifications
Takuya Tsumura, CEO and President of Honda Cars India Limited, launched the Honda City e: HEV for the Indian car market today. As the country’s first powerful hybrid automobile in the C-segment passenger car market, the Honda City e: HEV provides a range of new-age technology to deliver “sustainability, safety, and convenience.” So let’s take a deeper look at the all new Honda City e: HEV.
The Honda City e: HEV is powered by a 1.5-litre Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 98bhp and 127Nm of peak torque. This four-cylinder petrol engine employs a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) configuration and achieves over 40.5 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest of any ICE. This engine, however, functions more like a generator for the majority of the drive in the new City e: HEV, in conjunction with a generator motor. This technology is accompanied by a second motor, the traction motor, which is required for driving.
The two motors work together to provide 109bhp of peak power and 253Nm of peak torque. The whole system is powered by a high voltage Li-ion battery system. Honda has not yet disclosed data for the combined output of the engine and electric motor. The Honda City e: HEV uses a 100% electric powertrain when travelling at city speeds of up to 40kmph. There is a balance of electric power and power generated by the petrol engine at speeds ranging from 40kmph to 80kmph.
Throughout this time, the petrol engine operates at its maximum efficiency of around 2,000rpm. Thus, the petrol engine contributes to a combined efficiency of 95 per cent, whereas a simple ICE setup can only manage 40-45 per cent efficiency. When the speed is more than 120kmph, the petrol engine drives the front wheels directly via a single-step clutch. There is also stage-wise regenerative braking, which helps to rejuvenate and redirect lost energy back to the battery pack. When operating together, stems achieve a class-leading fuel economy of 26.5kmpl.
The new Hybrid Honda City’s instrument cluster features a 7-inch full-color TFT display which now displays hybrid powertrain-related metrics. Apart from that, the new Honda City gets features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-speaker surround sound system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/WebLink support, and Honda Connect with Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, and smartwatch connectivity.
The Honda City e: HEV design is based on the current generation vehicle, which was introduced in 2020. The new City e: HEV, on the other hand, receives some modest tweaks to identify it from its ICE sister, including ‘e: HEV’ badging, a reworked front grille, fog lamp garnish, a new rear diffuser, and a boot lid spoiler. The cabin’s dual-tone concept is carried over to the interior, which includes a one-touch electric sunroof, LED reading lamps, and ambient lighting.
The new Hybrid Honda City comes with Honda Sensing technology that blends cutting-edge ADAS systems to create a safer driving experience. Advanced driver-assistance solutions are sets of technological tools that aid drivers with driving and parking activities. This type of technology has yet to be seen in a C-segment sedan, making the Honda City e: HEV the first in the category. The processor and a front-mounted wide-angle camera provide a collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), road departure mitigation (RDM), lane keeps assisting system (LKAS), adaptive cruise control, and auto high beam functionalities.
Vehicle stability aid, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, deflation warning system, e-parking brake, auto-brake hold, lane watch camera, rear camera and sensors, and six airbags are all included in the safety net. Given the car’s 110kg weight increase and improved powertrain over the old ICE model, all four disc brakes are also available.
Honda City Hybrid Price and Availability
Because of its complicated full-hybrid drivetrain, the Honda City e: HEV is anticipated to be more expensive than its ICE-powered equivalent. The company will disclose the official price of the vehicle soon, although it is expected to cost between Rs 18-20 lakh. The car will most likely be available in two trim levels: V and ZX. The Honda City e: HEV will be available for pre-order starting today, April 14th. The vehicle will be available for purchase beginning in early May 2022.
The Honda City e: HEV comes with a three-year/unlimited-kilometre manufacturer’s warranty, which can be extended to five years. The Li-ion battery pack is also covered by an eight-year warranty. In addition, an Anytime Warranty valid for up to 10 years/1,20,000km is included, as is a roadside assistance programme.