Honda City is a product that has seen a lot of success in the country. The Honda City, which is in its 5th generation, has brought with itself a lot many elements and features in its latest iteration. Now, the talk of the town is that the City might receive a hybrid variant in the country. In this article, we will discuss the Honda City hybrid and what we could expect from it.
The Honda City hybrid will be called the Honda City RS. It follows the same shape and design on the outside. However, some design cues and elements clearly differentiate the gasoline-powered City from the hybrid variant. RS badging on the rear as well as the front clearly make the hybrid edition stand out.
Elements like diffuser plate at the rear, ORVM & spoiler finished in piano-black and front grille with hexagonal mesh are other differentiating factors. The chrome strip housing the Honda badge is also expected to be finished in piano-black. Honda badge with blue accents and modified fog lamp housing updated with sporty design elements are some of the other changes.
The Honda City is expected to remain the same on the inside. The major difference is the all-black interior on the inside with red accents. Red accents like stitching give a sporty feel on the inside as well. Other than this, all other elements are expected to be left untouched.
The Honda City hybrid is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine, capable of producing 97bhp and 127Nm of torque. The engine will be integrated with an electric motor, and this combination will work as a starter-generator.
Another motor, which is larger in size, will be present to power the car and help it in propulsion. It will be capable of producing 108bhp and 253Nm of torque. The traditional gearbox on the Honda City will be replaced by a single-speed transmission on the hybrid variant.
Due to the product being a hybrid, the fuel efficiency is bound to increase considerably.
The Honda City, if launched with the hybrid system, will see no actual rival as no other product is offered with the hybrid technology in its segment. The only product that could come close to the Honda City is the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, which sports the SHVS technology, a mild-hybrid tech.
The launch of the City hybrid is expected to be around Q2 this year.
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