The Honda City Hybrid is all set to arrive at the Indian shores on 14th April 2022. We already have some hints of some of the details and specifications that this new variant of the City will have over the other regular variants. We have got out hands over some of the details on the star highlight of the whole package, the new and more advanced powertrain sitting under the hood of the Honda City Hybrid.
Honda City Drive Modes
Unlike the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine in the current petrol-powered variants of the City, the Honda City Hybrid will get a combination of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine, two electric motors and a battery. The petrol engine is capable of producing 98 PS of maximum power and 127 Nm of peak torque output. This engine powers the front wheels through a CVT gearbox.
Among the two electric motors on offer, one will drive the front wheels of the City Hybrid through a unique single-speed gearbox, and the second motor acts as an integrated starter generator. The electric motor propelling the front wheels is good enough to pump out 109 PS of power output and 253 Nm of torque.
This entire powertrain can be operated in three different drive modes – petrol-only mode, petrol-electric hybrid mode and electric-only mode. While in the petrol-only mode, only the 1.5-litre petrol engine will serve as the powerhouse, while in the electric-only mode, the power will come from the battery and motor combination, which will give the car a limited range from the charge remaining in the battery.
In the petrol-electric hybrid mode, the petrol engine will serve as a generator and charge the battery, which eventually sends the power to the electric motor. The City Hybrid will return the maximum possible fuel efficiency in this drive mode, which is a claimed figure of 27.8 km in the Thailand-spec model. If reports are believed, the India-spec Honda City Hybrid will be no different from the Thailand-spec version of the car.
City Hybrid will get a host of new features
In addition to this unique hybrid powertrain, the Honda City Hybrid will come with blacked-out highlights on the outside and an all-black cabin on the inside. The comfort and convenience features in the City Hybrid will be retained from the current top-spec ZX variant of the City. The India-spec version might also get the ADAS features available in the Thailand-spec version, including features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure mitigation system with lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, automatic high beam, and lane-keep assist.