EICMA wouldn't have been the perfect venue for introducing some new motorcycles and upcoming concepts but with this year’s cancellation of the event, motorcycle brands would have to think of different ways of launching their upcoming motorcycles. Peugeot is no exception. Despite EICMA’s absence this year, they’re still set on introducing the new 2021 Metropolis on September 8, 2020, with a virtual launch. After all, its beloved leaning three-wheeler is long overdue for a much-needed update.
While Peugeot revealed only a few details about the upcoming model, a production version of the Metropolis RS concept that was unveiled in the 2019 EICMA is more likely to come out for the 2021 model year. The new Metropolis has a few enhancements in its styling including smaller headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights and a redesigned front grille. The current Metropolis is powered by a 339 cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine capable of producing 35 hp and 38 Nm of torque. Stopping duties are provided by twin discs in the front and a single disc in the rear, with standard ABS.
The new Peugeot Metropolis will surely be Euro 5 emissions compliant and would likely have even newer safety features like traction control, a keyless ignition switch, and maybe even a stop-start system. A front and rear camera system as an exclusive feature for its Anniversary version was offered in the past and perhaps for the upcoming model, it could be a standard feature.
Even before the much-hyped and popular Niken and Tricity by Yamaha came out, Peugeot and Piaggio were among the first major motorcycle manufacturers to introduce the concept of leaning three-wheelers into the market. Today, even Kawasaki is looking into dipping their toes into this unique segment. Peugeot’s Metropolis update has been delayed partly because of the acquisition of the brand by Indian carmaker, Mahindra. However, now that the turnover to Mahindra has been sorted out, and manufacturing of the Metropolis still remains in French soil, the roll-out of the updated model is in full swing, and we’re more than excited to see it on next month’s virtual launch.