Honda Cars India launched the hybrid version of its popular sedan, the City on April 14, 2022. The City hybrid comes with self-charging and a dual motor e-CVT hybrid system connected to a 1.5-litre petrol engine, Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) with Lithium-ion Battery and an engine linked direct coupling Clutch. The car will be manufactured at Honda’s facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan.
The electric-hybrid system has three driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive, and Regeneration mode during deceleration. The Power Control Unit can automatically switch between three modes based on various driving situations. The hybrid electric system produces System Combined Max Power of 126 PS, fuel efficiency of 26.5 km/l and maximum motor torque of 253 Nm @ 0 – 3000 rpm. With the Electric Servo Brake, Electric Regenerative Braking in the car combines with Hydraulic Braking to bring the vehicle to a quick stop, while self-charging the Lithium-Ion battery pack.
The City e:HEV will offer 3-year Unlimited kilometres warranty. The warranty available on lithium-ion battery will be 8-year or 1,60,000 Km (Whichever comes first). With the new City e:HEV, Honda has also introduced its intelligent safety technology “Honda SENSING” for the first time in India. The system uses a high-performance front camera with a wide-angle, far-reaching detection system to scan the road ahead and alert the driver to minimize risk of accidents and in some cases intervene to avoid a collision or lessen its severity. Honda Sensing signature safety features include Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Auto High-Beam.
Commenting on the India unveil of the New City e:HEV, Mr. Takuya Tsumura, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd.said, “It is an exciting moment for us as we begin our new age electrification journey in India with our flagship model, New City e:HEV. The Government of India lays emphasis on Make in India along with addressing the environmental and safety issues associated with mobility. It brings us great joy and satisfaction, to introduce Honda’s innovative product that is aligned with realizing the government vision.”
He further added, “The discerning Indian customer is looking for a car which offers a perfect amalgamation of technology, safety and features. The City e:HEV combines the sustainable power of hybrid technology, along with unmatched safety standards of Honda SENSING and incredible convenience of Honda Connect. This self-charging hybrid electric car will certainly prove to be a game changer and the most practical solution in the current technology transition phase towards an electrified future.”
The company commenced pre-bookings of the New City e:HEV at all Honda dealerships across the country with a booking amount of Rs 21,000. Additionally, the customers can also book the car online for Rs 5,000.
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