Just days before Honda unveiled the all-new City Hybrid in the Indian market, the brand released the first teaser image of the car. Honda City has shared back badges that get the “e: HEV” Monica along with the ZX trim logo. The new teaser image also indicates that Honda will introduce a new City Hybrid in the standard non-RS variant.
Honda City E: HEV
The new Honda City e: HEV will be based on the car’s top-end trim. It will look exactly like the Standard City but with significant changes under the hood of the sedan.
The Honda City Hybrid will have a black-out highlight on the outside and a completely black cabin on the inside. The comfort and convenience features of the City Hybrid will be retained from the current top-spec ZX variant of the City. The India-spec version may also have the ADAS features available in the Thailand-spec version, which includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane exit warning system with lane exit warning, collision mitigation braking, automatic high beam and lane-keep assistance.
Go inside the cabin, and you’ll find that the Honda City Hybrid has an all-black cabin with contrasting silver touches, where the current City trim on sale has a dual-tone black and beige cabin layout with piano black and faux wood finish. India.
Gets two electric motors
Unlike the current petrol-powered variant of the City, the Honda City Hybrid will get a combination of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine, two electric motors and a battery, in contrast to the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine.
The petrol engine is capable of producing a maximum of 98 PS of power and 127 Nm of peak torque output. This engine powers the front wheels via a CVT gearbox.
One of the two electric motors on offer will drive the front wheels of the City Hybrid via a unique single-speed gearbox and the other motor will act as an integrated starter generator. The electric motor driven by the front wheels is good enough to pump 109 PS power output and 253 Nm of torque.
This complete powertrain can be operated in three different drive modes – petrol mode only, petrol-electric hybrid mode and electric-only mode. In petrol-only mode, only the 1.5-liter petrol engine will act as the powerhouse, while in electric-only mode, power will come from a combination of batteries and motors, which will give the car a limited range of charge left on the battery.