Honda City e:HEV Production Commences in India

Honda Cars India has commenced the production of the 7th gen City e:HEV hybrid sedan. The model is being manufactured at the brand’s facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan and was already revealed to the media last week. The new City e:HEV is India’s first strong Hybrid Electric Vehicle in the mainstream segment, which reaffirms Honda’s commitments to make cars in India.

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The New City e:HEV features Honda’s unique self-charging and highly efficient dual-motor e-CVT hybrid system connected to a 1.5L Atkinson-Cycle DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) with advanced Lithium-ion Battery and an Engine linked direct coupling Clutch. The e:HEV electric-hybrid system uses three driving modes (EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive), along with Regeneration mode during deceleration. A clever Power Control Unit ensures seamless and automatic switching between the three modes based on various driving situations.

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The New Honda City e:HEV’s strong hybrid electric system produces System Combined Max Power of 124 ho of power, and peak torque of 253 Nm. An advanced Electric Servo Brake system with all four-wheel disc brakes that contribute to fuel efficiency and provide a smooth brake feel has been adopted for the New City e:HEV. The claimed fuel efficiency figure is 26.5 km per liter.

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Honda City e:HEV comes equipped with advanced safety technologies and features like ACE body structure, ultra-high tensile strength steel frame with use of super-high formability 980 MPa grade steel, AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System at low speed EV Mode), 6 airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, 4-wheel disc brakes, lane-watch, multi-angle rear view camera, TPMS with deflation warning, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA), Hill-start Assist (HSA), ISOFIX compatible seat anchorage & top tether etc.

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In terms of exterior, the Honda City e:HEV hybrid differentiates itself with naturally aspirated variants with a blue emblem at the front and rear, new fog light garnish, new diamond-cut alloy wheels, a new trunk lip spoiler, new rear bumper diffuser, and the e:HEV badging on the boot lid. Inside, the City e:HEV comes equipped with a dual-tone ivory and black interior theme, electric parking brake with auto-hold function, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power sunroof and ambient lighting etc.

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Speaking on the occasion, Takuya Tsumura, President and CEO, Honda Cars India, said:

“It’s a delight to share that we are commencing the production of the City e:HEV from our Tapukara facility in the state of Rajasthan. The milestone also marks our commitment to bringing advanced technologies to Indian customers and the beginning of our electrification journey in India. As a company, we have always been aligned with the Government of India’s vision of Make in India as well as bringing environmentally friendly technologies. We have received an overwhelming response to the City e: HEV since its unveiling earlier this month. The trust and passion exuberated by our customers highlight their preference for a strong hybrid from Honda. Honda City e:HEV is a very practical and stress-free solution for our customers who are seeking electrified mobility.”

Bookings for the new Honda City e:HEV are open for an amount of INR 21,000 across all authorized dealerships in India. Additionally, the car can also be booked online through ‘Honda from Home’ platform on Honda Cars India website for an amount of INR 5,000.

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