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Honda City Hybrid Waiting Period Climbs Up To Six Months, Even Before Its Launch


The Honda City e:HEV, slated for an India launch on May 4, will be the first mass market hybrid offering in the country

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  • Honda City hybrid waiting period stretches to six months.
  • 10 percent of City sales expected from the hybrid model.
  • Gets a 109PS electric motor, paired with a 98PS 1.5-litre petrol engine.
  • Claims to deliver an average of 26.5kmpl.
  • Features segment-first ADAS and electronic parking brake with auto hold.
  • Likely to be priced around Rs 20 lakh.

The new Honda City hybrid seems to have generated quite a buzz even before its launch on May 4. It has already racked up enough orders to command a waiting period of six months, even before its introduction. Plus, the battery-powered variant is expected to contribute 10 percent of the overall City sales. 

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No doubt the greener aspect of the City hybrid must have generated interest from prospective car buyers. The sedan gets a 109PS electric motor, paired with a 98PS 1.5-litre petrol engine, and puts out a combined output of 126PS. Since the electric motor will primarily be in use, the sedan delivers an average of 26.5kmpl. 

Also Read: Tech Talk: A Brief Overview Of How The Honda City Hybrid’s Powertrain Works

Another major talking point is the presence of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, a first-in- segment feature. The suite consists of adaptive cruise control, auto high beam assist, lane keeping assistant, lane departure warning and collision avoidance braking system. Plus, it will get a segment-first electronic parking brake with auto hold functionality. 

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There are minor visual changes as well. The Honda logo now gets a blue hue to denote it’s the greener model. Front fog lamps are placed in a bespoke housing, while the rear-end features a subtle spoiler and a diffuser with carbon-fibre effect. On the inside, save for the hybrid-specific instrument cluster, the cabin remains largely unchanged. 

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The Honda City hybrid is expected to be priced from around Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom), making it slightly more expensive than the 1.5-litre TSI variants of the Skoda Slavia and upcoming Volkswagen Virtus

 

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