The Honda Metropolis facelift has made its official launch debut in Thailand, the place it continues to be provided in 5 variants. Nonetheless, the line-up has been revised, with the earlier S variant being dropped in favour of a brand new e:HEV SV choice.
As such, the vary now begins with the V priced at 629,000 baht (RM83,909), which is adopted by the SV at 679,000 baht (RM90,579), the RS at 749,000 baht (RM99,917), the e:HEV SV at 769,000 baht (RM102,555) and the e:HEV RS at 839,000 baht (RM111,921).
No modifications to the powertrains, because the V, SV and RS proceed to characteristic a 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine making 122 PS (121 hp or 90 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. The VTEC Turbo unit drives the entrance wheels by way of a CVT as earlier than.
In the meantime, the e:HEV variants retain Honda’s Clever Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid system that sees the entrance wheels be pushed by an electrical motor rated at 109 PS (107 hp or 80 kW) and 253 Nm. The petrol mill can clutch in by way of a single-speed transmission (dubbed E-CVT) to supply direct drive at greater speeds, the place it’s most effective.
Whereas the mechanicals are unchanged, the Metropolis’s styling has been up to date with a slimmer chrome bar on the entrance, which necessitates a brand new insert design for the grille and decrease consumption. The multi-slat design is relevant to all non-RS variants, whereas the RS fashions get a honeycomb sample as a substitute. RS fashions additionally include skid skirts, fog lamps and a special decrease apron, the final of which is sportier in look and visually linked to the fog lamp enclosures by way of black trim.
Different revisions embody a brand new rear bumper, with the RS fashions gaining a outstanding diffuser-like factor to associate with their black boot lid spoiler – this color can be utilized to the shark fin antenna and facet mirror covers.
As at all times, prospects in Thailand can add on elements from the Modulo catalogue in the event that they fancy dressing up their buy, with choices being fender and entrance garnishes, facet skirts, entrance and rear beneath spoilers, Modulo wheels and a extra expressive boot spoiler.
Shifting inside, the Metropolis stays the identical dashboard design as earlier than, with notable revisions being a brand new 4.2-inch TFT multi-info show for VTEC Turbo variants. In the meantime RS fashions acquire mixture leather-based and artificial leather-based upholstery as a substitute of leather-based and suede, and SV fashions now include darkish pink artificial leather-based trim on the centre console and door panels to distinction the black-themed cabin.
Breaking down the equipment checklist for VTEC Turbo variants, the V and SV include automated projector headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, automated air-conditioning, keyless entry and begin, distant engine begin, an idling cease system, an eight-inch Superior Contact head unit (the V will get a primary, non-touchscreen system), wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 4 audio system, 4 airbags, ABS, EBD, brake help, VSA, hill begin help, a multi-angle reverse digital camera (the V doesn’t get this) and ISOFIX little one seat anchors.
The RS builds upon the SV with its LED headlamps, sporty 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, paddle shifters, two energy shops for rear passengers, a rear armrest, eight audio system, six airbags and Honda Join telematics system.
Progressing to the hybrids, the e:HEV SV is just like the turbo-powered SV, albeit with variant-specific objects like 16-inch alloys, rear vents, an digital parking brake (with auto brake maintain), a seven-inch show within the instrument cluster and two USB-C ports on the rear.
The e:HEV RS’ equipment checklist builds upon the e:HEV RS by incorporating options current on the turbo-powered RS, which incorporates LED headlamps, the sporty 16-inch wheels, eight audio system and 6 airbags. The range-topper can be the one one to return with Honda LaneWatch.
On that point out, one of the crucial vital upgrades which might be a part of this facelift is the addition of Honda Sensing to each variant of the Metropolis in Thailand – it was solely provided with the pre-facelift e:HEV RS beforehand.
These techniques embody Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Preserving Help System (LKAS), Street Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW), Auto Excessive-Beam (AHB) and Lead Automotive Departure Notification System (LCDN). Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC) can be a part of the suite, and on e:HEV variants, the system has been improved with a low-speed comply with operate.
The usual fitment of Honda Sensing on the Metropolis can be one thing that’s anticipated in Malaysia if we seek advice from an unofficial spec sheet of the facelifted vary that has been making its approach round social media. Stated spec sheet additionally claims the petrol-only V Sensing will likely be renamed merely to the RS, and all non-hybrid variants will acquire rear disc brakes as a substitute of drums.
After Thailand, it’s honest to say that Malaysia must be subsequent to welcome the Metropolis facelift, seeing how camouflaged items have already been noticed right here. There’s no official phrase from Honda Malaysia simply but, however primarily based on Thailand specs, are you hoping we get a few of these modifications?