A few days after revealing the City e:HEV hybrid to the media, Honda has launched the new full-hybrid version of its popular sedan offering in the Indian car market. The new Honda City e:HEV Hybrid has been launched in a single fully-loaded ZX variant for Rs 19.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), thus making it almost Rs 4.47 lakh more than the corresponding variant of the petrol-only regular version. The bookings for City e:HEV Hybrid are already ongoing, while the deliveries of it are expected to start in the coming days.
2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid – Exterior
The Honda City e:HEV Hybrid is based on the top-spec ZX variant of the regular IC engine version of the sedan. However, there is a list of subtly carried out changes, which make the sedan look slightly different, if you look it up close and personal. The City e:HEV Hybrid gets blue-coloured Honda logos on the front grille and boot lid, new honeycomb mesh for the front grille, new claw-themed housings for front fog lamps, new dual-tone design for the 16-inch alloy wheels, carbon-fibre finish for the rear diffuser and boot-mounted body-coloured thin spoiler. The Honda City e:HEV Hybrid is available in five different colour options to choose from – Radiant Red, Meteoroid Grey, Platinum White, Lunar Silver and Golden Brown.
2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid – Interior
On the inside, the new City e:HEV Hybrid retains the dual-tone black and beige leather upholstery with faux wood and satin-chrome inserts. The City e:HEV Hybrid gets updated versions of a 7-inch full-TFT instrument console with new layouts and gauges, Honda Connect with Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, smartwatch integration and the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Other features available in the cabin of the Honda City e:HEV Hybrid are an electric sunroof, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth and cruise control buttons, paddle shifters, driver seat height adjustment, automatic climate control and rear AC vents.
2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid – Updated safety features
Apart from the powertrain, which is the highlight of the package of the Honda City e:HEV Hybrid, this version of the City also gets the ‘Honda Sensing’ suite of autonomous driving assistance systems. This package includes ADAS features like lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation and automatic high beam. All these features are controlled via a radar camera mounted on the top of the front windscreen.
Apart from these ADAS features, the City e:HEV Hybrid retains the safety features of the ZX variant of regular City, such as front, side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, multi-angle rearview camera, lane watch camera, vehicle stability assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill start assist and ISOFIX mounts for child seats.
2022 Honda City e:HEV Hybrid – Powertrain
Unlike the regular versions of the Honda City, which are available with 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options, the Honda City e:HEV Hybrid comes with a combination of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, which gets the assistance of two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. While one of the electric motors acts as an electric generator, the other motor here propels the car.
Here, the engine produces 98 PS of maximum power and 127 Nm of maximum torque, while the electric motor produces 109 PS of power and 253 Nm of torque. In the combined mode, the powertrain claims a maximum power output of 126 PS and fuel efficiency of 26.5 kmpl. This powertrain is propelled by an eCVT gearbox and can be operated in an electric-only mode in stop-go traffic.