2022 Honda City eHEV hybrid debuts in India
The 2022 Honda City eHEV has gone official in India. It is the first time that the City will offer a hybrid powertrain setup in the country.
When this hybrid sedan goes on sale in early May, expect it to be pricier than the petrol-powered version. Therefore, it will likely compete against the 1.5 TSI versions of the Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia.
The new City eHEV will come with a three-year/unlimited km warranty as well as an eight-year warranty on the lithium-ion battery as standard. Customers will also be able to upgrade their warranty to a 5 year/unlimited km or a 10 year/120,000km plan.
As we previously noted, the new City Hybrid follows in the footsteps of other manufacturers and has ADAS as well as adaptive cruise control. The kit, dubbed the Honda Sensing suite, includes lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. These safety devices will improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.
The hybrid’s appearance is differentiated by its new blue-line Honda emblems, eHEV badging on the tailgate, new fog light garnish, new rear bumper diffuser design, and a boot lid spoiler, among other changes.
The City eHEV gets an updated 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an eight-speaker premium sound system, ambient lighting, an electric sunroof, and an updated version of Honda Connect with Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, and smartwatch (iOS and Android) integration on the inside.
Six airbags, Honda lane-watch, a multi-angle rear-view camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TMPS), vehicle stability aid, hill-start assist, and ISOFIX-compatible rear seats are all standard features on the new City hybrid.
Honda City eHEV hybrid powertrain
Honda has fitted the City hybrid with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine coupled to two electric motors.
The first electric motor serves as a generator, while the second serves as a propelling motor. The midsize sedan’s engine has been tuned to work at a maximal efficiency of roughly 2,000rpm, in addition to having a battery pack in the boot.
The City hybrid, according to Honda, would have a stated fuel economy of 26.5 km/l, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its class.
The 1.5-litre engine produces 98 horsepower on its own, but, combined with electrical aid, the total system output raised to 126hp and 253Nm.
The sedan’s setup also allows it to run on electric power alone in short bursts in start/stop situations.
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