Honda City Hybrid’s waiting period extends to 6 months even before launch

Honda has showcased the City Hybrid for the Indian market. The bookings for the sedan are already opened and they will be revealing the price on May 4th. The waiting period for the City Hybrid has already extended to 6 months even before launch. The City Hybrid will be the first sedan in the segment to offer a hybrid powertrain. The price of the Honda City Hybrid is expected to be around Rs. 20 lakhs. It is expected that Honda will be bringing only one fully loaded ZX variant of the sedan.

Honda City Hybrid’s waiting period extends to 6 months even before launch

The City Hybrid will also come with Honda Sensing which is essentially an Advanced Driver Aids System. There is a wide-angle camera positioned in the front that continuously monitors objects like cars, pedestrians, animals etc.  This will be the first time that Honda is offering a vehicle with ADAS in India. Moreover, the City Hybrid is the only sedan in the segment to offer ADAS.

Honda Sensing includes features like Road Departure Mitigation System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Low-Speed Braking Control, Pedestrian collision mitigation steering system, Adaptive Cruise Control System and Auto high-beam control.

Honda City Hybrid’s waiting period extends to 6 months even before launch

Powering the City Hybrid is a 1.5-litre petrol engine that runs on an Atkinson cycle. It produces 98 Ps of max power. There are also two electric motors. One of them is used as an ISG or an Integrated Starter Generator while the other one powers the wheels. The combined power output stands at 126 PS and the peak torque output is 253 Nm.

Honda is claiming a fuel efficiency of 26.5 kmpl. In the real world, you could expect a fuel efficiency of around 19 kmpl. There is no conventional gearbox, it comes mated to an e-CVT automatic transmission only. There will be no manual gearbox on offer. There are three driving modes on offer, Hybrid mode, EV mode and Engine mode.

Honda City Hybrid’s waiting period extends to 6 months even before launch

The vehicle tries to run on battery power alone. So, the engine mostly is used to charge the battery and keep it juiced. However, the engine and batteries can work in conjunction to move the car forward. Batteries are also charged by using brake regeneration. You do get paddle shifters to change the brake regeneration levels. We do not know the size of the battery.

Honda has also added rear disc brakes to increase the stopping power. This has been done because the City Hybrid weighs 110 kgs more than the regular City. The additional batteries are placed in the boot because of which the boot space has been decreased. The regular City has a boot space of 506 litres whereas the City Hybrid has a boot space of 306 litres.

City Hybrid comes with an electronic parking brake, automatic brake hold, black and ivory themed cabin, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, 8.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, integrated Google Assistant, electric sunroof, rear parking camera and much more.


Paarth Khatri

Paarth's passion for cars started by collecting newspaper clippings when he was just a toddler. He is obsessed with cars and technology and can talk about them all day. He has an undying love for cars with a manual transmission and is always ready to drive anything with 2 or 4 wheels. Being an audiophile his dream car is Lexus LFA, considering it is the best sounding car ever made. He would happily burn the last gallon of petrol for a lap in the Ariel Atom 500. (Full bio)