Honda City Hybrid will probably be offered in India in two variants with segment-first ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technology
Honda Cars India is gearing up to host the local debut of Hybridized City in the market tomorrow and it will probably be available in V and ZX trim. In addition to having a unique hybrid powertrain, the Honda City Hybrid has many new features and technologies, including the first-in-segment ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System).
It will be offered as part of the Honda Sensing Suite with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane exit warning and collision mitigation braking. City Hybrid is already being sold in the world market and unofficial booking seems to have started at selected dealerships as well.
Honda City e: HEV is expected to be offered at a premium compared to the existing top-end trim of regular petrol engines due to the inclusion of new technology and will also have a higher fuel economy. The clever hybrid system uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson bicycle naturally aspirated petrol engine and a dual electric motor setup.
Although it sounds like a simple hybrid, the way it works is a bit different. One of the motors is a propulsion motor while the other acts as an electric generator. For higher fuel economy the engine will operate at a maximum efficiency of around 2,000 rpm and it will drive the wheels only when the medium sized sedan is driven at high speeds and rpm levels.
For higher efficiency, the Japanese manufacturer does not use a transmission with CT E: HEV because single straight gears have been added for high speed driving. The two e-motors are connected to the engine because the combo generates electricity and saves energy in a rear-mounted battery pack.
The regular 1.5-liter petrol engine is 98 PS / 127 Nm and the electric motor is 109 PS. Although combined power output has not been officially released, Honda says that combined torque is generated at 253 Nm. There are three different drive modes: a petrol-only mode, an electric-only mode and a petrol / electric hybrid mode. It also boasts of brake energy regeneration technology.