Honda is all set to revolutionize the Nepalese automobile market again with the highly anticipated launch of the Honda City e-HEV in Nepal. Syakar Trading Company, the authorized distributor of Honda vehicles in Nepal, has created anticipation by hinting at the upcoming debut of their inaugural hybrid sedan in the coming months. The Honda City e: HEV - or hybrid electric vehicle is based on the 5th Generation Honda City, but with an exciting electric hybrid variation. This model will be available in addition to the regular Honda City variant. The e-HEV technology enables a smooth shift between different driving modes, delivering exceptional fuel efficiency alongside thrilling performance.
The Honda City e-HEV is equipped with a highly advanced hybrid powertrain that effortlessly combines a petrol engine and an electric motor. It is powered by a 1.5L Atkinson cycle petrol engine with a hybrid dual-motor that generates a combined max power of 126PS and a max torque of 127 Nm for the engine and 253 Nm for the PMSM Motor. It is equipped with a 172.8V advanced high-voltage lithium-ion battery which charges automatically while driving. It is exclusively offered with e-CVT transmission featuring an engine-linked clutch and electronic parking brake.
One of the most impressive features of the Honda City e-HEV is its ability to seamlessly transition between different driving modes. The Honda City e-HEV utilizes its motor to switch seamlessly between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive modes. EV Drive employs an electric motor and a battery to enable noiseless and environmentally-friendly propulsion. This driving mode is employed when navigating typical urban traffic situations. The Hybrid Drive system combines the engine's electricity generation with the motor's wheel propulsion for quick acceleration, providing both performance and battery charging simultaneously. Engine Drive is engaged when the sedan reaches high speeds on the highway, using only the engine to power the wheels.
Not only does the Honda City e-HEV excel in performance and technology, but it also boasts an eye-catching design. It features a Honda solid wing face grill with a full LED headlamp, a 3D wrap with LED tail lamp and uniform edge light, LED side indicators, a trunk lid spoiler, a carbon fibre look diffuser and 16-inch dual-tone diamond cut alloy wheels. It is also equipped with a bit of a blue highlight in the Honda badge - and that's typical of most Japanese manufacturers when it's a hybrid or an electric. The lower portion of the front grille features a fresh design, characterized by a black honeycomb mesh pattern positioned beneath a thick horizontal chrome strip.
The Honda City e-HEV is equipped with a range of contemporary safety functionalities. It comes equipped with 6 airbags, ISOFIX, 3-point seatbelts for all passengers, traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, tyre pressure monitoring, hill start assist, and advanced driver assistance systems. Honda has brought level 2 ADAS, which is called Honda Sensing in this hybrid. It has a collision mitigation system that also includes automatic emergency braking. Honda claims that their made-in-India hybrid model performs well in internal crash tests, demonstrating a strong 5-star rating. However, there is currently no available Global NCAP score for this particular vehicle.
Official information regarding the pricing of the Honda City e-HEV in Nepal is currently unavailable. However, it is anticipated that the price will exceed Rs. 80 Lakhs. The top ZX variant will be the only option available in Nepal and customers will have a range of colors to choose from. The Honda City e-HEV is a groundbreaking hybrid sedan that sets new standards for fuel efficiency and driving pleasure. With its seamless transition between driving modes, advanced technology features, and stunning design, it offers a compelling package for those seeking a dynamic and eco-friendly driving experience.