HONDA Vehicles Philippines final week formally launched the all-new Metropolis Hatchback.

Although is not any formal announcement that the Honda Metropolis Hatchback replaces the just about iconic Honda Jazz within the Philippine market.

The timing of the tip of manufacturing of the Jazz and the discharge of the hatchback model of the Metropolis appears to be a rationalization of Honda’s product line within the ASEAN market, as a result of the Jazz, referred to as the Slot in Japan and different right-hand drive markets will proceed to be manufactured and bought.

So far as “all-new” is anxious, the Honda Metropolis Hatchback is basically all-new. The mannequin has solely all the time been accessible in a four-door sedan since its very first launch in 1996. The Metropolis turned a confirmed performer, and as a really younger boy, I keep in mind seeing my dad race the Metropolis within the Honda Media Problem and ultimately turn into Champion in each the 1500 cc and 1300 cc classes in the identical yr.

The all-new Metropolis Hatchback was launched to the media by way of a particular one-on-one exercise the place we have been allowed to briefly drive and take pictures and movies of the vehicles at Honda’s former manufacturing hub in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Not solely is that this a novel method of introducing the brand new automotive, but it surely was additionally very secure and in typical Honda vogue, very organized.

Now a shadow of its former self, the plant providers all Honda vehicles for launch to sellers, for the reason that carmaker stopped manufacturing vehicles regionally, importing most of its automobiles from Thailand. With little exercise occurring, the plant is an ideal backdrop for photograph classes. This theme appears to be regional. Thailand and Indonesia motoring magazines additionally function the same vibe of their reporting.

Gorgeous but acquainted

The brand new Metropolis Hatchback is beautiful, but acquainted. Each vehicles share the identical 2600mm wheelbase however the abrupt reduce on the C-pillar for the hatchback makes it 204 mm shorter in size versus the Metropolis sedan. That sheet metallic went to wrapping and strengthening the third hatch pillar and door making the Metropolis about 21 mm taller than the sloping rear of the sedan.

The hatch is barely accessible within the RS variant. And this, I imagine is an efficient name. The RS badge for Honda is a strong reminder of youth and power. Even when there are actually no main efficiency enhancements in any of the RS- badged variants in its line-up, the outside upgrades and colours give a surprising impression.

The brand new Metropolis Hatchback is not any totally different, because it shares some flagship RS design components together with the entrance bumper, high-gloss black entrance grille, and full LED headlights and LED daytime working lights much like that of the RS sedan. After all, the all-important RS badge seals the deal.

My editor and I examined the Metropolis Hatchback completed in Meteoroid Grey Metallic, which is a brand new coloration. The spacey title provides an concept of the deep grey end it has and the way it can, due to the sheen, regardless of the hue, reinforce a robust and sporty picture. Add to that the 16-inch Berlina black alloy wheels that are decidedly extra European in aptitude with the tasty edge strains and two shades of black and hints of chrome. The RS Design rear bumper with an aesthetic diffuser aligns completely with the tailgate spoiler in shiny black. The entire rear profile is completed off with full LED taillights emphasizing that energetic positioning.

Powering the Metropolis Hatchback is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC engine, not a brand new engine, however a fairly dependable lump that produces 121ps at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Since that is an RS, paddle shifters are a should and people function the Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT). Honda’s Eco Help System, which consists of the Econ mode and Eco-Teaching Ambient Gentle (a relentless reminder that modifications coloration when one drives from economical—in inexperienced, which works crimson when aggressively pushing the automotive—is on the market to assist promote fuel-efficient driving.

The lights received’t nevertheless, cease drivers from pushing the automotive as a result of it could actually ship that wanted efficiency. The very brief jaunts and hops we had across the small and tight HCPI check monitor present nimbleness and talent that are Honda hallmarks. Once more the idea of the energetic hatchback is felt from the wonderful power-to-weight ratio in addition to the responsive controls, that are rather less sharp than a Civic, however nonetheless ok for this software.

The energetic idea additionally seeps into the automobile’s cabin. The spacious inside are complemented by upscale supplies—black inside suede and leather-based within the correct locations accented with crimson stitching abound—leather-based shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, entrance and rear heart armrests, sports activities pedals, and multi-information show with crimson illumination. The brand new Metropolis Hatchback’s interiors carry each a premium and sporty really feel complementing the sporty RS Design exterior.

The Metropolis Hatchback inherits the Honda Jazz’s signature ULTR seats–a primary in that mannequin–and seeming proof of the succession.

ULTR permits the rear seats to be folded flat or flipped up giving the All-New Metropolis Hatchback the flexibility to shortly adapt to all kinds of passenger way of life and cargo hauling wants. The All-New Metropolis Hatchback options 4 ULTR adjustable modes specifically:

  • Utility: with the 2 rear seats folded flat, the automobile can carry two passengers and accommodate giant cargo gadgets within the rear storage space.
  • Lengthy: with the entrance passenger seat absolutely reclined and rear passenger seat folded flat, the automobile can carry two passengers and accommodate lengthy cargo gadgets resembling surfboards.
  • Tall: with the rear seats folded upward, the automobile can accommodate tall gadgets that want to stay upright, resembling a big plant or tall baggage.
  • Refresh: When eradicating the front-seat head restraints, transferring the seats all the way in which ahead and tilting the seatbacks all the way in which again, the Refresh Mode permits the entrance and rear seats to be related offering a cushty place for 2 folks to calm down.

Comfort and know-how fill the Metropolis Hatchback. Beginning with an eight-inch superior touchscreen show with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and WebLink connectivity; an eight-speaker (4+4 tweeters) system; and a brand new A/C system with rotary knobs, digital show and illumination. It additionally includes a One Push Begin System with Good Entry Keyless Entry System and Distant Engine Begin.

Honda additionally provides utmost precedence to security. Commonplace within the Metropolis Hatchback are a G-Drive Management (G-Con) physique construction that helps to guard the automobile’s cabin throughout collisions from any path, automobile stability help (VSA) with agile dealing with help (AHA), emergency cease sign (ESS), anti-lock braking system (ABS), digital brake pressure distribution (EBD), hill begin help (HSA) and multi-view rear digital camera with dynamic tips. The Metropolis Hatchback additionally comes with six air baggage (twin entrance air baggage, entrance driver and passenger facet air baggage, and facet curtain air baggage). The Metropolis Hatchback boasts a five-star ASEAN NCAP security score.

It is available in 4 colours Ignite Crimson Metallic, Meteoroid Grey Metallic (a brand new coloration, used within the unit we check drove and photographed), Platinum White Pearl (costing a further P20,000) Sensible Sporty Blue Metallic (which can be accessible by June 2021) — with Raymond Tribdino