Honda has deployed the acquainted 100hp, one.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel engine to energy the Metropolis, but it now features a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to meet up with BS6 emission norms. It is a great deal quieter and a lot more refined than the preceding version. With modifications to the shapes of sure parts, this sort of as the chain case, combustion pump safety, bracket and oval catalytic converter, as effectively as the inclusion of further ribs for the engine block and a cover-tightening floating construction, Honda has managed to substantially minimize the squeaking and rattling audio from the engine. Vibrations much too are excellently controlled, thanks to further insulation and audio-deadening components.
What has not changed is this engine’s zero-lag character and potent low-end responses. With a incredibly tractable character and linear energy delivery, this is one particular of the most person-friendly diesels around. It feels at ease when chugging together in a higher equipment at a low engine speed, and the instant you set your foot down, it builds speed in a incredibly clean way.
The motor does phase exterior its ease and comfort zone when spun outside of three,500rpm, and for the final 700 revs or so, progress is slow as the engine operates out of steam. But keep it in between one,five hundred-three,000rpm, and it rewards you with brisk general performance. It does appear as a little bit of a shock to see that the equipment ratios (such as the remaining generate) have not changed and this fifth-gen is practically 62kg heavier than the outgoing version much too.
Nevertheless, general performance has improved substantially. This version does the sprints to 60kph, 100kph and 140kph more quickly than the fourth-gen Metropolis i-DTEC by a respective .79sec, two.34sec and 6.93sec. Even the twenty-80kph acceleration in 3rd equipment is dispatched .6sec more quickly than before. Having said that, the 40-100kph time in fourth equipment remains unchanged.
A greater talking issue of the new Metropolis is its all-new petrol engine, which belongs to the ‘Earth Dreams’ family. This engine has a longer stroke (if only by .1mm) and displaces one,498cc (as as opposed to the outgoing version’s one,497cc). It employs DOHC or double overhead camshafts, for improved effectiveness as effectively as general performance. Some salient functions of this new engine incorporate a higher compression ratio of 10.6:one (vs 10.three:one), amplified use of aluminium in the block, a lighter crankshaft and several low-friction and body weight-conserving steps to enhance general performance. But do these modifications just take away from the fulfilling significant-revving character of the more mature one.5-litre petrol?
Absolutely not! This engine’s character remains identical to the outgoing unit’s. It is a responsive engine, has a flattish mid-variety, and enjoys to be revved tough. Power does circulation through in steps, with popular spikes felt outside of two,000rpm and four,000rpm, but it is the final two,five hundred-three,000rpm in the rev variety that feels the most fulfilling, not only in phrases of general performance, but also the aural working experience. It does get quite vocal at higher revs, but it isn’t coarse or a strained audio.
Acceleration moments are close to identical to the fourth-gen Metropolis – and amongst the fastest in the segment, with a -100kph dash becoming dispatched in just 10.2sec. In-equipment acceleration moments also remain identical to the outgoing car or truck in spite of the higher kerb body weight and decreased remaining-generate ratio (a lot more on that afterwards).
The 6-speed handbook gearbox is light-weight, with effectively-described gates and a incredibly favourable shift action. The reverse-equipment slot is beside sixth equipment, and is in fact incredibly quick to engage and get accustomed with. The clutch on both, the petrol and diesel models, is light-weight and has a brief travel, hence demanding incredibly small effort and hard work. With terrific visibility, light-weight controls and an quick-to-generate character, the Honda Metropolis is nonetheless a incredibly person-friendly car or truck.
For people trying to find sheer usefulness, the petrol-CVT is the one particular to go for. It is incredibly clean and features a certainly effortless generate working experience. At city speeds, it does its task in a fuss-free, relaxed way, and what’s good is that even when you are aggressive with the throttle, that standard ‘rubberband effect’ is negligible or in less difficult terms, there isn’t a disconnected feel in between the engine speed and the car speed below tough acceleration.
The CVT features paddleshifters much too, mimicking 7 preset equipment ratios. These do supply a sure diploma of handbook regulate in excess of the engine speed, and are notably helpful when driving downhill, when you need to have more powerful engine braking. The petrol-CVT usually takes one.6sec a lot more than the petrol MT to dash to 100kph, but owing to the absence of gears to go through, it is a great deal more quickly in situations exactly where you set your foot down to shut a gap in site visitors or to make a speedy overtake.