Honda City e: HEV is the only powerful hybrid sedan in its segment, and bookings for it have begun, launching next month
Honda Cars India has finally unwrapped Citi E: HIV. This is a hybrid version of the Honda City, which claims 40 percent better fuel efficiency and 74 percent better torque output. It is based on the sedan’s top-spec ‘ZX’ trim, but with some segment-first safety features and lots of extra equipment.
The hybrid sedan makes some changes to the exterior design to distinguish itself from the standard version; It has an ‘e: HEV’ badge on the tail, a mesh-type front grille, a boot-mounted spoiler (body color), various fog lamp garnish, a rear bumper diffuser (with carbon fiber finish), and a blue Honda logo. It’s going to get all-LED lighting and 16-inch machine-cut alloy wheels and there’s not much change in the overall exterior design.
Honda City e: The interior of the HEV has dual-tone black and ivory color themes, with glossy wood inserts in the dash. The instrument console now has a “power flow display” that lets the driver know what’s going on with the hybrid powertrain. Updated Honda Connect Tech (with Alexa and Google Voice support, including smartwatch connectivity) is on offer.
Now, let’s jump to the biggest difference – the powertrain. Honda City e: HEV is a 1.5-liter, naturally ambitious, inline-4 petrol engine, coupled with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. One electric motor acts as an integrated starter motor (ISG), the other provides propulsion to the front wheels. Combined output 126 PS peak power and best-in-segment 253 Nm rated maximum torque.
It gets three driving modes – electric only (EV mode), hybrid and petrol only (engine mode). In electric-only mode, the car can be powered by battery power alone for short distances. In hybrid mode, the petrol engine acts as a generator to charge the Li-ion battery, which powers the electric motor. In petrol mode only, the engine bypasses the electric motors and drives the wheels directly.
The manufacturer has also improved the safety factor of the car by offering Honda Sensing Suite. These include features such as collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and auto high beam. Four-wheel disc brakes are now available, including an e-parking brake and a lane watch camera.
Honda City e: HEV’s bright security and energy economy are expected to attract a large number of buyers. It will be the first powerful hybrid car made in India. Also, the Japanese carmaker aims to have a complete conversion to EVs and FCVs (fuel cell vehicles) worldwide by 2030.