Honda Car India has confirmed that it will launch the hybrid version of the Honda City next financial year.
Presently, this version is already available in Malaysia and Thailand.
High Fuel Efficiency
In these markets, it has fuel efficiency of above 27.5 km/l, impressive for a mid-size sedan.
Upon launch in India, it could become the most fuel efficient car.
It will come with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine with an electric motor.
This has maximum power of109 PS between 0 and 3,000 rpm and maximum of 253 Nm of torque.
In comparison, the petrol engine produces a maximum power of 98 PS between 5,600 and 6,400 rpm and maximum of 127 Nm of torque.
There is no manual transmission available with this hybrid variant, in order to increase levels of efficiency.
The hybrid system also makes the City RS quicker than the petrol-powered version.
It takes about 9.9 seconds to reach 0-100 km/h whereas the non-hybrid version does the same in 10.2 seconds.
However, it lags behind in terms of top speed which is 173 km/h, lower than the 196 km/h speed of the regular non-hybrid version.
This can be attributed to the greater weight of the vehicle due to the addition of the hybrid system being about 110 kg heavier than the standard City.
It also comes with a large battery pack and in order to accommodate this, it has removed a spare tyre.
The boot space is also now lower at 410 litres from 506 litres.
Other additions to the hybrid include rear disc brakes and an electronic parking brake.
The car could hit Indian roads by the middle of next year.
It will likely be on the costlier side given that the technology used in the car is so much more advanced than the Ciaz.
Despite being assembled in India, its components will have to be imported which will attract duty and correspondingly higher taxes.
Be prepared to shell out around Rs 20 lakhs for what will likely be the sole variant available in the Indian market.