Bookings for the City e:HEV are open now.
The Honda City has been an incredibly strong product for Honda in India and the latest fifth-gen City has also seen success in the sedan segment. Now, Honda has introduced the City e:HEV which uses a hybrid powertrain, gets ADAS tech and a slew of new features, to set it apart from the competition.
First, let’s talk about the powertrain. The City e:HEV gets a 1.5-litre petrol motor running on the efficient Atkinson cycle, paired with two e-motors producing 107.5bhp and 253Nm. Depending on the drive mode, the City e:HEV can run on pure electricity, use the engine to juice up the battery or even run on petrol power alone. Honda claims a fuel efficiency of 26.6kmpl, which should easily make it the most fuel efficient in its class.
Honda Sensing adds ADAS tech like the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Auto High Beam. These features use a wide-angle camera mounted in front and there are also LaneWatch cameras mounted on the ORVMs so you can spot cars in your blind spot when changing lanes.
Aside from the active safety tech, Honda has given the City e:HEV six airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, an electronic parking brake with auto hold and Honda targets a full 5 star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating.
Other features include an electronic sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and Honda Connect connected car tech with Alexa and Google Home integration as well as smartwatch compatibility.
The City e:HEV will be launched in ‘early May’ in a single, fully-loaded ZX variant. Prices will also be announced then, while bookings are already open. It is important to say that Honda is assembling the City e:HEV right here in India, so it could be priced fairly competitively.
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