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2021 Honda City Hybrid features
The Honda City Hybrid might look the same as the all-new Honda City. Look closer and you’ll see some minute but important differences. Apart from a customary extra badge, with ‘e:HEV’ lettering, it packs some extra equipment.
Unlike the standard variant in India and Thailand, the Hybrid variant of the fifth-gen sedan in Malaysia has rear disc brakes and a monocular camera. The fitment of the latter means that unlike the ICE variant, it can have a few Honda Sensing advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.
Honda Sensing includes a plethora of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, like Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), etc.
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In some markets, Honda LaneWatch is also a part Honda Sensing, but in some markets, it is not. In Malaysia, in the case of the Honda Civic, for instance, Honda LaneWatch is mentioned separately even though a comprehensive Honda Sensing suite of 8 safety and driver-assistive technologies is included in the car.
Honda Sensing in the Hybrid variant of the all-new Honda City may include Auto High-Beam, Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow among others. We’re waiting for Honda Motor to speak about this technology in the City.
Honda has confirmed electronic parking brake for the Hybrid variant, which means that the driver can activate the rear disc brakes with a lift of a button. This is another miss in the standard variant in India and Thailand.
2021 Honda City Hybrid specifications
Under the hood, the 2021 Honda City Hybrid has a downsized i-MMD two-motor hybrid system. A 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine (98 PS/127 Nm) works together with a propulsion motor (109 PS/253 Nm) and a generator motor. The driver should be able to select from three drive modes: Hybrid Drive, Engine Drive and EV Drive.
- In the Hybrid Drive mode, we expect the car to operate as a series hybrid. The engine would connect to the generator motor for producing electricity that would either power the propulsion motor, recharge the Lithium-ion battery pack, or both.
- In the Engine Drive mode, the operation would switch to parallel-hybrid mode. The power from the engine would go directly to the wheels. If required, the propulsion motor would also power the wheels.
- The EV Drive mode would provide a short-distance zero-emission drive in which the power would come from only the propulsion motor, which would use the small amount of possibly 1-2 kWh energy stored in a Lithium-ion battery pack.
2021 Honda City Hybrid mileage
There’s no word on the fuel economy rating of the fifth-gen Honda City’s Hybrid variant, but we expect a number close to 30 km/l*. In the case of the fourth-gen City, the standard variant (1.5L petrol + CVT) consumes 5.7L/100 km (17.54 km/l fuel economy)*, while hybrid variant (1.5L petrol + DCT) consumes 3.9L/100 km (25.64 km/l fuel economy)*.
Honda City Hybrid price in India
Expect a starting price of around INR 14.5 lakh (ex-showroom) for the all-new Honda City Hybrid in India when it goes on sale next year.
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*UN R101 test cycle (Malaysia)