Honda has recently launched its new City sedan in several countries. The design language has been readily accepted by previous City owners. It was launched for the very first time with a diesel mill, along with their tried and tested petrol engine.
The rising environmental concern has made manufacturers looking for alternative solutions. Honda and their engineers too are working on hybrids and alternative fuel options. They have now launched their hybrid version of their City sedan, which has been christened ‘Grace'.
The Grace by Honda has been launched exclusively for Japanese market. It is similar to India's City sedan, however, a few cosmetic changes and a hybrid system has been added on. The Japanese manufacturer has launched its Grace hybrid vehicle at a price of INR 10,14,000 in Japan.
Honda have provided the Grace with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. It is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with an electric motor built into it. The Japanese manufacturer has also fitted this sedan with their Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch System.
The main highlight of Honda's Grace is that it return fuel efficiency figures of 34.4 kpl. It is the best fuel efficiency figures among all the hybrids on offer currently. This hybrid sedan will be offered with a four-wheel-drive system.
The interior in the Grace has not changed much from the City sedan. Only change is a blue gear selector and an instrument console that shows battery level. Honda have also provided the Grace with Vehicle Stability Assist, hill start assist, curtain airbags and a whole lot more equipment for creature comfort.