Honda has been working on the Hybrid version of the City that they launched a few months back. Honda City RS India will be the hybrid version of the car. It will be a petrol hybrid and here is all that you need to keep in mind as a potential customer to this car.
The engine will be 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine. It will be assisted by 2 electric motors one of which will power the internals of the engine and ACG. The other will power the wheels to provide the instantaneous torque.
The IC engine alone will produce a power of 98 bhp. The electric motor will have a grunt of 108 bhp. The combined power output has not been declared yet. The petrol engine has a torque of 1.27 Nm. The electric motor has a torque of 253Nm which will be available right from the start. The car will also have e-CVT transmission to combine and deliver all this power to the wheels.
Why should one go for Hybrid?
The Honda City RS India in its Hybrid version will be the most fuel-efficient City. It will surely solve the “Kitna Deti hai ?” problem. At the same time driving around an electric vehicle without the anxiety of charging is seen only in a Hybrid. The expected mileage is to be around 26 km/l which is far more than 18 km/l that’s seen on the regular Honda City.
It will be quicker than the regular Honda City that we currently have. The hybrid car takes 9.9 seconds to do 0-100 km/h whereas the naturally aspirated car does it in 10.2 seconds. The top speed is lower at 173 km/h and the additional weight of the electric drive components are to be blamed.
No, the car is a pure hybrid vehicle. It will surely offer more than just the SHVS system that we see on the Maruti Ciaz which is a head-on competitor to this car. Now the question of whether you can drive this car only on electric power is yet to be answered. These details will be revealed when the car will be announced for India. The Honda City RS Hybrid has been announced for the Malaysian Market.
We are expecting it to come to India soon but there is a hunch that to keep the pricing in check Honda will cut some corners. The Honda City RS India is expected to bear a price tag of Rs 15 lakhs. It surely will be more expensive than the topmost variant of the Honda City currently.