The 2021 Honda City hybrid made its official debut in Malaysia. This adds a new engine option to the 7th generation vehicle giving it more power options. For its initial global debut in Thailand Honda announced that the City would be entering the market with a 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Later still the Japanese automaker also revealed that a diesel variant would also be making its way to the Indian market. With so many engine options, it makes us wonder what exactly Honda Philippines has planned for the local Honda City’s engine options once it makes its debut in the country.
The 2021 Honda City hybrid comes powered by an i-MMD full-hybrid powertrain which the automaker says gives the vehicle more torque. It comes in the form of a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that is paired to not one but two electric motors. One motor acts as a generator while the other is capable of driving the vehicle on its own. Thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack the Honda City hybrid is capable of going into EV mode as well. Its exact range though has not yet been revealed. It sends power to the front wheels via a CVT.
Power figures for the hybrid result in 96hp and 127 Nm of torque for the gasoline engine while the propulsion electric motor pushes out 108ps and 253 Nm of torque. The combined output has yet to be revealed by Honda along with its possible mileage figures.
While all these new power options are great for the 2021 Honda City, the Philippines has yet to receive any news with regards to when the vehicle will be coming to the local market. With the new power options being revealed in other countries Honda Philippines has a couple of tough choices to make with regards to what powertrain options it will bring in. The 1.0-liter turbocharged motor could spark interest in the country along with the hybrid variant as well. The tax cuts for the hybrid model could also make a case for the variant as it could be priced competitively in the local market. For now, at least all we can do is wait until the all-new Honda City makes its way into the Philippines.