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Honda City Gets The e:HEV Powertrain

  • Honda City e:HEV comes in a sole ZX variant.
  • Bookings are now open across the nation.
  • Three driving modes are on offer: Pure EV, Hybrid, and Engine.
  • Also receives ADAS tech.
  • Will go on sale in May 2022.

Taking a bold step for the Indian automotive market, Honda Cars India has revealed the City sedan with its e: HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain that will be available in a sole ZX variant. Bookings for this environment-friendly sedan are now underway across the nation, while its launch will take place in early May 2022.

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Honda City e:HEV – What’s Special?

Based on the 5th-generation Honda City, the hybrid sedan comes with the brand’s trademarked intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain, combining a 98PS/127 Nm 1.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery, and two electric motors, out of which the primary motor works as traction motor and delivers 109PS of maximum power and whopping torque of 253Nm. The secondary motor works as a starter-generator that sends power to the battery at the rear. Interestingly, it doesn’t get any transmission system (gearbox). 

Honda claims that this latest version of the IC engine has a thermal efficiency of 40.5 percent, one of the highest figures within the auto industry for a production-spec car.

Honda City e:HEV driving modes

Honda has offered the City Hybrid (e:HEV) with three driving modes: Pure EV, Hybrid, and Engine. That said, the City hybrid can be driven in EV-only mode or a mix of both, depending on the speed. While the fuel efficiency of the Honda City e: HEV is yet to be revealed, it is expected to deliver a combined mileage of around 27.78kmpl.

The Honda City e:HEV is a self-charging car and so it doesn’t require any charging infrastructure.

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Honda City e:HEV ADAS tech
Honda Sensing Tech (ADAS)

Besides the new i-MMD powertrain, the Honda City eHEV ZX trim also comes equipped with the Honda SENSING suite of safety features (camera-based) that includes advanced driver-assistance safety techs (ADAS) such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beam, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

Further ensuring safety and convenience are the new all-four disc brakes, electronic parking brakes with auto hold, and Honda’s innovative advanced technology called Honda CONNECT, which now comes with smartwatch compatibility as well. Besides, it continues to get up to 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, a lane-watch camera, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, and much more.

Honda offers the City e:HEV with a 3-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, while its battery pack comes with an 8-years warranty coverage.

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