The City hybrid will feature Honda’s i-MMD technology, which is used in the company’s hybrid models in international markets as well. The petrol engine will be a 1.5 L naturally aspirated unit with a power output of around 100 ps. The engine will be paired to two electric motors and the combined powertrain will develop around 110 PS of power and 253 Nm of torque. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a single-speed gearbox.
The Honda City e:HEV will be capable of running on the battery alone for short distances and at limited speeds. Under high load conditions the hybrid system will be able to use the petrol engine along with the electric motors or the petrol engine alone as well. Owing to this seamless transfer of drive between the different units one can expect a significant increase in fuel-efficiency and reduction in emissions. While Honda India is yet to confirm the official figures we expect the Honda City hybrid mileage to be between 18 and 20 kmpl in a mixed driving cycle.
In terms of exterior design, the car is expected to look largely similar to the present Honda City albeit with some visual tweaks and a different badging. The car is also expected to offer Honda’s Sensing technology with a combination of active and passive safety features.
As a result of these changes, the hybrid Honda City, to be known as the Honda City e:HEV will offer improved fuel-efficiency, reduced emissions and lower NVH levels compared to the present model.
Honda City Hybrid Price
The Honda City e:HEV will offer many additional powertrain, safety and convenience technologies over the present petrol/ diesel versions. Naturally, these features will come at a cost and hence, the new Honda City hybrid will cost considerably higher than the internal combustion versions. TOI Auto expects the Honda City hybrid prices to start at around Rs 18 lakh and go all the way upto or a bit higher than Rs 20 lakh. At these prices, the Honda City e:HEV will be catering to a limited segment in India but will more importantly provide Honda India with crucial data for planning future hybrid and electric model launches in the market.