The upcoming Honda Metropolis e:HEV will make the most of the model’s i-MMD hybrid know-how, and we count on it to get ADAS as nicely
Honda Metropolis is a well-liked sedan within the Indian automobile market, and it’s set to get a hybrid powertrain choice very quickly. The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that Honda Metropolis e:HEV will likely be formally unveiled in India on April 14, 2022, and it’ll doubtless go on sale subsequent month.
Honda Metropolis e:HEV is already accessible in a couple of worldwide markets, and we count on the technical specs of the India-spec model to not be totally different from that. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-4 petrol engine, which belts out 98 PS and 127 Nm of peak energy and torque, respectively.
There are two electrical motors on board: one acts as an built-in starter generator, and the opposite one is for driving the wheels through an eCVT. The propelling electrical motor is rated at 109 PS and 253 Nm. This hybrid powertrain has three driving modes – electric-only (EV mode), hybrid, and petrol-only (engine mode).
In totally electrical mode, the sedan might be pushed round on battery energy alone, because the identify suggests, however just for a brief vary. In hybrid mode, the petrol engine basically acts as a generator to cost the lithium-ion battery, which then sends energy to the electrical motor. This driving mode is designed to squeeze out the utmost gasoline effectivity from the engine.
In petrol-only mode, the engine drives the wheels itself, utilizing a lock-up clutch to hook up with the eCVT immediately. This driving mode is designed for optimum efficiency. Because of the hybrid powertrain, the Honda Metropolis e:HEV has good gasoline financial system numbers; The Thai-spec mannequin delivers round 27.8 kmpl, and we count on comparable figures from the Indian model.
In worldwide markets, the Honda Sensing security suite can also be supplied on Metropolis e:HEV, and it needs to be accessible on the India-spec model too. It contains options like collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise management, highway departure mitigation system with lane departure warning, lane preserve help, auto excessive beam, and many others.
Honda Metropolis e:HEV is predicted to be considerably dearer than the common Metropolis, which at present retails for Rs. 11.23 lakh to Rs. 15.18 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).