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We reported earlier that Honda will launch the new City hybrid in the Indian market by mid-2022. In fact, recent reports suggest that the the new City hybrid is almost ready for production and could be launched in the second quarter of 2022. Before introducing it in India, Honda showcased the new City hybrid sedan at the Bankok International Motor Show.
The new Honda City Hybrid comes with the RS badge, which refers to road sailing. This means that something like this rolls smoothly like a boat sails. The RS badge is visible on the front grille and on the tailgate. The new City Hybrid was originally slated to launch during the 2021 holiday season; however, the launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed the Honda City e:HEV, the new Honda City Hybrid comes with the brand’s powerful hybrid system called the eHEV i-MMD (intelligent multi-mode drive) hybrid powertrain. It has a 1.5 liter petrol engine mated to two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. The petrol engine is good for 98PS and 127Nm, while it combines power and torque at 109PS and 253Nm respectively. The City Hybrid can drive at low speed only in electric mode. It is only offered in a single CVT automatic gearbox.
The electric generator and the electric motor are combined and fixed at the end of the motor. The engine spins the generator and also powers the electric motor, which in turn spins the wheels and sends electricity to the lithium-ion battery in the trunk. It weighs about 110 kg more than the standard model, while the trunk volume is reduced from 90 liters to 410 liters. It comes with rear disc brakes as well as an electric parking brake.
The 2022 Honda City Hybrid offers three drive modes: Pure EV, hybrid and gasoline only. The sedan also gets a regenerative braking system, which is common with electric cars. The Thai spec model is claimed to bring in 27.78 kmpl of mileage. The Indian-spec model is also expected to return to nearly 27 kmpl; however, the actual mileage could be around 20 kmpl.
The new Honda City e:HEV RS looks largely identical to the regular model; however, it gets sportier design cues and a blacked-out cabin. The sedan also features Honda Sensing technology with active and passive safety features. Safety features include adaptive cruise control with low-speed tracking, lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist and collision braking system.
Launch and price in India
The new Honda City hybrid is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2022, around May-June. It will be positioned above the existing city, which is priced between Rs 11.23 lakh and Rs 15.18 lakh. Expect the new City Hybrid to cost around Rs 17 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
Source – Gaadifier