2022 Honda City hybrid eHEV production begins in India, launch in May
Honda Cars India has now begun local production of the 2022 Honda City hybrid e:HEV in India at its Tapukar plant in Rajasthan. The City e:HEV will be the first strong hybrid in its price range and is set to go on sale in India in early May 2022. Bookings for the City hybrid have already begun for Rs 21,000 across Honda showrooms and online.
2022 Honda City Hybrid e:HEV engine, hybrid system, mileage
The Honda City hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol that put out 98PS and 127 Nm. This pairs with a 109PS and 253 Nm electric motor fed by a 0.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The system makes a combined 126PS and 253 Nm and returns 26.5 kmpl.
The system pairs the engine with two electric motors, one connected to the e-CVT gearbox and the other drawing power from the engine. The system functions in three modes, EV-only, Hybrid and Engine only. At low speeds below 40 kmph, the City hybrid functions only on electric power up to 80 per cent of the time, the engine starts supplementing the electric motor at speeds between 40 to 80 kmph for about half the time while at speeds between 80 to 120 kmph, the engine is largely directing proceeding with some electric assistance. In these modes, the CVT ensures the engine is at its most effiecnt revs. At over 120 kmph, both the engine and the electric motor are powering the City Hybrid in equal measure.
The 2022 Honda City Hybrid also features three paddle-operated regen modes that can be used to harvest energy while coasting and braking.
2022 Honda City Hybrid e:HEV ADAS, safety features
Along with the bird tech, the 2022 Honda City e:HEV also debuts the Honda Sensing suite of ADAS functions in India. This system uses a front windshield camera to offer active safety features like adaptive cruise control forward collision warning and auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist and auto high-beam. The Honda City hybrid also features rear disc brakes and an electronic parking brake. This is addition to the six airbags, hill hold control, stability control and other safety kit already present on the top-en City ZX.
2022 Honda City Hybrid e:HEV exterior, interior, features
The hybrid City is differentiated from the regular sedan by a different grille mesh, new fog lamp inserts, a sportier rear diffuser, boot spoiler and e;HEV badges. The interior is done up in a black and ivory colour scheme with LED headlamps, sunroof, 16-inch alloys, climate control, powered seats, tilt and telescopic steering, semi-digital instrumentation, an 8-inch touchscreen with wired Android Auto/Apple Carplay, ambient lighting and newly added smartwatch integration for the Honda Connect suite of connected-car tech. The 2022 Honda City hydrid will be available in a single top-spec ZX variant at launch.
2022 Honda City Hybrid e:HEV warranty, expected prices, launch date
The Honda City Hybrid will go on sale in early 2022 and comes with a three-year/unlimited warranty and an eight-year warranty for the battery pack. The Honda City hybrid should come at a Rs 2 to 2.5 lakh premium over the current fifth-gen City.
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