Honda City Hybrid prototype spied testing in Europe
The hybrid City is speculated to employ two electric motors.
An early prototype of what is said to be Honda City Hybrid has been spotted testing in Europe. It’s to be noted that Honda doesn’t sell the City mid-size sedan in the old continent but one of its European R&D centers could be taking a lead role in the development of the hybrid technology.
The ill fitting body panels suggest that the test mule is slightly longer than the existing version, perhaps to accommodate the new electric motors in the engine bay and battery pack elsewhere within the monocoque. The technical details of the City Hyrbid are still scarce but it’s speculated that the car could employ a configuration which involves two electric motors.
The existing Honda City Hybrid, which is on sale in Malaysia, comes with a 1.5 liter iVTEC engine in combination with an electric motor. Together, the max output stands at 137 PS and 170 Nm torque. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 25.64 km/l. Power is sent to front wheels via 7 DCT. Price of the Honda City Hybrid in Malaysia starts from RM 89,200 (INR 13.40 Lakhs). The upcoming City Hybrid is expected to get more efficient and powerful.
In India, the Coty ity employs 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel motors. No hybrid version is on sale. And considering the changes made in the tax structure recently, we do not expect the City Hybrid to make it to India.
As of now, the Indian government levies a hefty tax of 43% as per the new GST scheme for hybrid vehicles, which would make the Honda City Hybrid an expensive proposition. However, there could be a more favorable taxing norm for hybrids in the future under NEMMP (National Electric Mobility Mission Plan) 2020 program.