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Honda Metropolis Hybrid assessment – Robust case for robust hybrids | Autocar India

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Excessive-tech Honda Metropolis Hybrid is a intelligent bridge between petrol/diesel automobiles and full electrics, at a worth.

In a nutshell, the Honda Metropolis Hybrid is essentially the most environment friendly, cleanest and sophisticated Metropolis but. Its 26.5kpl ARAI-tested determine means it’s much more frugal than the Metropolis diesel (that does 24.1kpl) and its 89.5gm/km CO2 emission determine is finest in school too. Making these numbers doable is the sophisticated powertrain that includes electrical motors, a lithium-ion battery, an Atkinson cycle engine and extra. Oh, and it’s the primary Metropolis with ADAS options too! Let’s go one after the other.

Honda Metropolis Hybrid: design and styling

You’ll must have a eager eye for element to inform the Metropolis Hybrid aside from the usual fashions. As a result of badging apart (an e:HEV badge on the boot and Honda logos with a blue tinge), claw-like surrounds for the fog lamps, a boot lip spoiler and carbon-look diffuser are all which can be distinctive to the Hybrid. Rear disc brakes are one other distinguishing aspect unique to the Hybrid, however they’re hidden behind the acquainted 16-inch alloy wheels.

You’ll be able to jazz up your Metropolis Hybrid’s look with official equipment however some extra distinction would have been good. Meatier rubber (it makes use of 185/55 R16 tyres) would additionally do a lot for the Metropolis’s stance. Price mentioning is that the Metropolis Hybrid has the identical 165mm floor clearance as the usual Metropolis, regardless of a 130kg enhance in weight.   

Honda Metropolis Hybrid: inside

It’s inside that there’s extra to inform you that that is no peculiar Metropolis. For one, the 7.0-inch display screen beside the speedometer now not shows a tachometer. As a replacement, you get an informative power movement meter that tells you the place the facility is coming from and the way it’s going to the entrance wheels. You may as well scroll via effectivity readouts, and it’s additionally the place you’ll see the ADAS shows. Adaptive Cruise Management and Lane Maintain Help buttons are new additions on the steering, and the handbrake lever has been carried out away with altogether, making method for a button-operated digital parking brake that’s unique to the Hybrid. On the again, you’ll discover a vent in the best nook of the rear seat that’s there to channel cool cabin air to the battery behind. The great factor is that this vent is effectively included and you’ll’t really feel it whenever you’re seated there. And lastly, the place the usual Metropolis contains a beige on black inside color theme, the Metropolis Hybrid makes use of an ivory on black combo. This lighter color could possibly be more durable to maintain clear although.

In any other case, the Metropolis Hybrid’s inside isn’t any totally different to these of different Metropolis fashions. It’s obtained the identical neat dashboard, affords wonderful frontal visibility and scores beautifully on seat consolation. The throne-like entrance seats and sofa-like rear seats actually are among the many highlights of the bundle. It’s a roomy cabin, too, with a lot of legroom on the again and sufficient width to accommodate three adults in affordable consolation. The upward sloping ground that’s designed to function a footrest has turn out to be a Metropolis trademark however works finest for average-sized adults; taller occupants will discover that it compromises the seating place. The latter lot may even discover the centre armrest positioned too low for consolation.

Like the usual Metropolis, the Hybrid scores effectively on in-cabin storage, with a lot of place for small objects, bottle holders on every of the doorways and even nifty cell phone pockets on the again. Nevertheless, the Hybrid does compromise huge time by way of baggage house. Boot capability is down from 506 litres to 306 litres. Honda has needed to increase the boot ground to accommodate each, the lithium-ion battery that’s positioned simply aft the rear seat and an area saver spare tyre, and this implies you’ll have the ability to match two massive suite instances at a squeeze, however no extra. A compartment underneath the boot ground can maintain a gentle bag or two. The Metropolis Hybrid’s restricted baggage house could possibly be a deal breaker for a lot of.


Honda Metropolis Hybrid: options and security

The Metropolis Hybrid is simply provided in fully-loaded ZX kind and due to inclusions like rear disc brakes, an digital parking brake, ADAS options and extra, it really goes one-up on the usual mannequin’s ZX trim. LED headlights, keyless entry and go, leather-based upholstery, a sunroof and related tech are a few of the key consolation options onboard. Simply want Honda had upgraded the 8.0-inch touchscreen as effectively. It’s onerous to learn on shiny days, the interface seems dated, and it doesn’t assist wi-fi Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. On the topic, a wi-fi telephone charger can also be a paid accent.

The Metropolis Hybrid, an ASEAN NCAP 5-star rated automotive, guarantees loads by the use of security – six airbags, ABS, ESC, traction management and ISOFIX little one seat mounts are a part of the bundle. The security suite additionally features a useful Lane Watch digital camera that relays a feed from the left wing mirror of blind spots onto the infotainment display screen. After which there are the ADAS or superior driver help programs. Apparently, the Metropolis Hybrid’s ADAS system works on knowledge gathered by a windscreen digital camera alone and doesn’t characteristic radar or LiDar tech. Honda says the system has been calibrated for Indian situations.

In follow, the Metropolis Hybrid’s ADAS options do what they’re presupposed to effectively sufficient. Adaptive Cruise Management helps preserve a secure distance to the car forward, although we did discover the auto braking a bit jerky and never gradual sufficient. Highway Departure Mitigation (it warns you and, if wanted, steers the automotive into the lane) and Lane Maintain Help (it robotically retains the automotive centred in a lane) labored effectively on the graceful and well-marked roads on our media drive, however the true take a look at might be on highways with patchy markings, situations that Honda says the system is effectively versed with. We didn’t dare attempt the Collision Mitigation Braking System that robotically applies the brakes within the occasion of an impending collision, however in our distracted occasions, it’s good to know that there’s an added security internet. Auto excessive beam that regulates the headlights based mostly on visitors within the neighborhood of the car is one other characteristic of nice curiosity however one we couldn’t attempt.

Honda Metropolis Hybrid: powertrain

The Honda Metropolis Hybrid’s powertrain is a fancy piece of package, so we’ll attempt to break it down half by half. As with all robust hybrid association, there’s an engine, electrical motors and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Like the usual Metropolis petrol, the Metropolis Hybrid will get a 1,498cc, four-cylinder petrol engine. Nevertheless, the Metropolis Hybrid’s unit runs the extra environment friendly however much less highly effective Atkinson cycle, which explains why it makes a decrease 98hp and 127Nm (versus 121hp and 145Nm). Complementing the engine are a pair of electrical motors, the primary of which is a 95hp electrical era motor. Pushed by the engine, this motor is there to cost the lithium-ion battery pack situated on the again. The second motor is a 109hp and 253Nm traction motor that attracts energy from the battery and the generator motor to really drive the entrance wheels. It’s essential to notice that the engine and traction motor can independently and collectively drive the entrance wheels, because the situations demand.

The system robotically shuffles between full-EV mode (engine off, traction motor powers wheels), hybrid mode (engine runs generator motor, traction motor powers wheels) and engine mode (engine powers the wheels, traction motor assists if wanted). Mode choice is automated and depending on a bunch of things, together with battery cost degree, throttle place and highway velocity. A lock-up clutch is used when the engine has to offer direct drive to the entrance wheels. Apparently, this transmission is through a single-speed ratio that corresponds to overdrive of a typical gearbox. The broad thought is to run the engine in its best zone, which is why Engine mode normally prompts when highway velocity is within the 80-120kph band.

Honda Metropolis Hybrid: efficiency

The Metropolis Hybrid’s electronics and self-charging mechanism be certain that the lithium-ion battery pack by no means depletes absolutely, and what which means is, in most conditions, urgent the Begin button has the automotive come to life in pure-EV mode. With no engine noise, the preliminary moments of ‘ignition’ are very totally different to the expertise in a petroleum or diesel Metropolis. Light inputs on the accelerator, say in a car parking zone or in slow-moving visitors, preserve the Metropolis Hybrid in EV mode, and you’ll really cowl a ways (Honda doesn’t reveal figures for EV mode alone) earlier than the system switches to Hybrid mode, which has the engine kick in to work the generator motor to replenish the battery.


This Hybrid mode affords a really distinctive expertise. With the engine now working however the traction motor nonetheless powering the entrance wheels, the expertise may have been disorienting. The Metropolis Hybrid, nevertheless, will get round this concern by simulating (bear in mind it’s a single-speed gearbox) the steps of a CVT, full with change in engine RPM, and this has been carried out solely to ship a extra related driving expertise. In impact, the texture from behind the wheel is extra akin to piloting a petroleum CVT, even when it’s the electrical motor that’s driving the entrance wheels. Efficiency in Hybrid mode is brisk.   

It’s solely whenever you drive quicker, upwards of 80kph or so, that the clutch locks up, directing engine energy straight to the entrance wheels. It’s nice and easy-going whenever you’re cruising however high-speed overtakes do remind you that there’s all however a 98hp engine at your disposal. At max assault or at speeds above 120kph, the electrical motor additionally contributes with added energy. Honda says the Metropolis Hybrid tops off at 176kph and can do the 0-100kph sprint in 10sec flat.  

What’s good is that the transition from EV mode to Hybrid mode and even Hybrid mode to Engine mode is seamless. There aren’t any jerks or actions and it’s fairly amusing to see the powertrain juggle cost and energy supply on the power movement meter.

Honda Metropolis Hybrid: braking, journey and dealing with

Like different robust hybrids, the Metropolis Hybrid makes use of regenerative brakes. Nevertheless, not like different robust hybrids, the Metropolis’s association is feelsome. You don’t get that wood, disconnected really feel on the primary few millimetres of brake pedal journey. Relatively, it feels very pure and effectively calibrated. The friction brakes, as talked about earlier than, now comprise rear discs and supply good stopping energy. Additionally good is the regenerative braking. You’ll be able to select between three ranges of depth through the steering-mounted paddles, although it doesn’t fairly supply single-pedal driving even on the strongest setting. Choosing ‘B’ or Braking mode through the gear lever maintains the specified degree of regeneration and is advisable to be used on a downhill stretch.

Within the areas of journey and dealing with, the Metropolis Hybrid feels acquainted. It soaks up low-speed bumps effectively and high-speed manners are spectacular too, although there’s nonetheless fairly a little bit of highway noise that seeps into the cabin. The Metropolis Hybrid doesn’t fairly dart into corners, however it feels composed and likeable across the bends.


Honda Metropolis Hybrid: worth and verdict

Robust hybrids have lengthy been missed as a bridge between combustion engine automobiles and full battery electrical autos. The Honda Metropolis Hybrid reminds us that there’s nonetheless a powerful case for robust hybrids. It affords all the pliability of a traditional petrol automotive with a few of the key highlights of EVs, like far decrease working prices. At a time when gas costs are at document highs and the EV infrastructure continues to be solely growing, the environment friendly Metropolis Hybrid ought to come throughout as a no brainer.

Factor is, the value at which it’s set to go on sale may throw the economics of going hybrid out of whack. The Metropolis Hybrid is more likely to value round Rs 19 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom), which suggests you’d want a whole lot of working to profit from its effectivity and make up for the added outlay over the usual petrol mannequin.

That stated, if the sticker worth isn’t a trouble, the Metropolis Hybrid is among the smartest automobiles you would have for the cash. It’s nice to drive, the gas economic system numbers are deeply satisfying and if you consider it, it’s fairly a technical marvel too. Add in all that we like concerning the common Metropolis and what you’re getting is a really achieved bundle.

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