There is a tentative date of mid-2022 for the launch of Honda’s City hybrid in India according to Honda Cars India. Earlier this year, the model went on sale in other countries, and it is already available for purchase in Malaysia. Back in August of 2020, we told you about the Honda City hybrid’s impending launch in India, and now the company has confirmed its plans to do so. The City Hybrid will be launched in the next financial year according to Honda Cars India senior vice president and director of sales and marketing Rajesh Goel in an exclusive interview with Autocar India. A city hybrid is confirmed for India, with a launch date of mid-2022.COVID-19 has caused a launch delay. Has a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to two electric motors.
Introducing the all-electric Honda City in India
At first, Honda had planned on bringing its City hybrid to our market this year. COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns, on the other hand, were a hindrance. With the introduction of the City, Honda has reiterated its commitment to introducing a “mainstream hybrid” in India. For the time being, Goel said the City hybrid will not be launched until after March 2022.
A strong pillar for Honda in India, the City is Honda’s oldest model here. In recent months, Honda has begun exporting the City’s LHD version to countries such as the United States and Turkey.
Details of the Honda City hybrid engine
To achieve this, the City hybrid is equipped with i-MMD, which is also used in Honda’s international CR-V hybrid and the new-generation Honda Jazz sold overseas. The i-MMD hybrid system in the new City uses two electric motors and an internal combustion engine, similar to the Honda Jazz e:HEV for international markets. 98hp and 127Nm are provided by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine.
Assisting and acting as an integrated starter-generator (ISG), the first electric motor, which is integrated into the petrol engine, while the second motor provides drive to the wheels. One of the two engines produces 109hp and 253Nm of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via a custom gearbox with a single, constant-ratio gear.
Hybrid vehicles are also expected to have three drive modes: one that relies solely on electricity, one that relies solely on gasoline (a lock-up clutch sends power directly to the wheels), and a third that uses both.
Accordingly, the City is more economical in urban areas, where it runs solely on electric motors, whereas the petrol engine provides much better performance when driving on the highway.
An estimate of the cost of a Honda City hybrid
Every month, Honda hopes to sell between 250 and 300 City hybrids. That’s about 10% of the regular model’s average monthly sales figure. Since the hybrid sedan is expected to command a premium of Rs 2-2.5 lakh over the petrol sedan, the company has set a conservative target and isn’t counting on large sales volumes. City hybrid’s most expensive version is expected to retail for around Rs 20 lakh on the road.
As part of its efforts to meet the 2022 CAFE 2 (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards, Honda will be launching a mainstream hybrid in the near future. Contrary to some of its competitors in the Indian market, Honda has chosen to go the hybrid route in order to comply with stricter regulations.