Honda City e: EV, HEV to get hybrid and engine drive mode

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Upcoming Honda City e: HEV brand i-MMD will use hybrid technology and we hope it will also get ADAS

Honda City is a popular sedan in the Indian car market, and it is ready to get a hybrid powertrain option soon. The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the Honda City e: HEV will be officially unveiled in India on April 14, 2022 and will probably go on sale next month.

The Honda City e: HEV is already available in a few international markets, and we hope that the technical features of the India-spec version will not differ from it. It is powered by a 1.5-liter, naturally ambitious, inline-4 petrol engine that produces 98 PS and 127 Nm of maximum power and torque, respectively.

The board has two electric motors: one to act as an integrated starter generator and the other to drive the wheel through an eCVT. The propelling electric motor is rated at 109 PS and 253 Nm. This hybrid powertrain has three driving modes – electric only (EV mode), hybrid and petrol only (engine mode).

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In full electric mode, the sedan can only be powered by battery power, as the name implies, but only for a short range. In hybrid mode, the petrol engine basically acts as a generator to charge the lithium-ion battery, which then sends power to the electric motor. This driving mode is designed to extract maximum fuel efficiency from the engine.

In petrol-only mode, the engine drives the wheel itself, using a lock-up clutch to connect directly to the eCVT. This driving mode is designed for maximum performance. Thanks to the hybrid powertrain, the Honda City e: HEV has a number of bright fuel economies; The Thai-spec model delivers about 27.8 kmpl and we expect similar figures from the Indian version.

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In the international market, Honda Sensing Security Suite is also offered in City e: HEV and should be available in India-specific edition. It features collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation system with lane departure warning, lane keep assist, auto high beam etc.

Honda City e: HEV is expected to be significantly more expensive than ordinary City, which currently sells in rupees. 11.23 lakhs to 15.18 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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