2022 India-bound Honda City hybrid e:HEV unveiled

    The 2022 Honda City e:HEV gets a full-hybrid powertrain with a claimed fuel efficiency rating of 26.5kpl.

    Published On Apr 14, 2022 12:55:00 PM

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    Honda has taken the covers off its 2022 City e:HEV for India, which now features cutting-edge technology aimed at boosting efficiency. The premium sedan utilises an all-new hybrid powertrain with the potential of competing with the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks. Honda has also officially begun accepting bookings for the new City hybrid.

    • Honda City Hybrid bookings officially open
    • Price announcement in early May

    2022 Honda City e:HEV: 1.5 petrol with full hybrid tech

    Honda has equipped the new City with a Atkinson Cycle 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that’s mated to two electric motors. The first electric motor works as an electric generator, while the other takes the role of a propulsion motor. Along with featuring a battery pack in the boot, the midsize sedan’s engine has been programmed to operate at a peak efficiency of around 2,000rpm.

    Honda says that the City Hybrid will showcase a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 26.5kpl, making it the most efficient car in its class. As standard, the 1.5-litre engine of the City e:HEV puts out 98hp, whereas with electrical assistance, it develops 109hp. Overall, Honda does mention a maximum combined torque output of 253Nm from the engine and the electric motors. This set-up makes the City e:HEV a strong hybrid, meaning that in start/stop conditions, the car can run on electric power alone in short bursts.

    The carmaker is offering a 3 year/ unlimited km warranty on the new City Hybrid, along with an 8-year warranty on the lithium-ion battery as standard. Customers will also have the option of extending their warranty to a 5 year/ unlimited km or 10 year/ 1,20,000km plan.

    2022 Honda City e:HEV: gets Honda Sensing tech

    As reported by us recently, the new City Hybrid follows the trend set by other manufacturers and features ADAS along with adaptive cruise control. Named the Honda Sensing suite, the package consists of lane-keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking. These safety technologies will not only enhance safety for drivers but also for pedestrians.

    2022 Honda City e:HEV: features and design

    Some new additions to the new Honda City hybrid's exterior include the new blue-line Honda badges, the e:HEV badging on the tailgate, new fog light garnish, new diffuser design on the rear bumper, and a boot lid spoiler.

    On the inside, the City hybrid gets a updated 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an eight-speaker premium sound system, ambient lighting, electric sunroof, and an updated version of Honda Connect with Amazon Echo, Google assistant, and smartwatch (iOS and Android) integration.   

    The new City hybrid also gets six airbags, Honda lane-watch, multi-angle rear-view camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TMPS), vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist, and ISOFIX-compatible rear seats as standard.

    2022 Honda City e:HEV: launch timeline, rivals

    The sedan gets class-leading hybrid tech, along with active safety features that are currently not available in any of its rivals. Expect the City hybrid to be priced slightly higher than its rivals when it goes on sale in early May.

    Given its higher pricing, the City hybrid will go up against the 1.5 TSI variants of the Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia. The regular City sedan, on the other hand, also rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna

    Also see:

    Honda City Hybrid review, test drive

    Honda City Hybrid video review

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