Metropolis: from the title of the 1927 movie, up to today, on the fairings of Peugeot's three-wheeled scooter. Fritz Lang's masterpiece depicted a future that today appears a little less far away.
And if we think of urban mobility, the three-wheeled future represented by Metropolis is already here.
In its latest, recent evolution, the French "three-wheeler" - made in the historic factory in Mandeure in the Doubs - stands out for its Euro 5 homologation, 13-inch wheels and a car-like equipment.
Equipped with LED and DRL lights, 5" TFT display flanked by traditional counter-rotating analog dials and a Smart Key, the Metropolis has a design that recalls the latest cars produced by Peugeot.
The 400i LFE (Low Friction Engine) is complies with Euro 5 regulations and it delivers a power of 36 hp at 7,250 rpm, with a torque power of 38.1 Nm at 5,750 rpm, a very respectable value that pushes the Metropolis up to 135 Kph. Despite its power, the fuel consumption declared by Peugeot is very low: 3.9 l/100 km, for a range that has been increased to 300 km from the 285 km of the older version, with the same tank, that has a volume of 13.5 l. The dry weight is 271 kg.
Metropolis has been equipped with the comfortable anti-tilting system, allowing to keep the feet on board while not moving. The French 3-wheeler offers a lot of storage space: there's a 17 liter compartment suitable for a jet helmet under the seat, and a top case at the rear which stores a full face helmet, on top of a a storage compartment with a capacity of one liter and a compartment for a smartphone equipped with a 12V or USB sockets.
Nissin’s braking system relies on three discs (one per wheel), assisted by Continental ‘s ABS/TCS, SBC combined braking and activation of hazard lights when riding at over than 50 kmph and the deceleration is greater than 6 m/s: a system originally developed for cars. The traction control can be disengaged and it offers two intervention modes (Urban or Sport).
The Allure version features i-Connect connectivity through the Peugeot Motocycles app, with a turn-by-turn navigation system, simplified compared to conventional GPS, to give only essential information and focus exclusively on the road. The dashboard also shows the calls and part of the SMS received, as well as more traditional information such as range, fuel level, consumption, battery charge level and even date and time.
There are two versions of the Metropolis: Active (9,399 euros) and Allure (9,799 euros). The first one is the entry level version and is only available in Varnish Technium metallic gray, while the Allure boasts a more complete equipment and is available in four colors: metallic white Snow White, metallic Midnight Blue, matt black Sideral Mat Black and intense blue Amazonite Satin Blue.
Other versions are being developed at the Mandeure factory, such as a sportier variant scheduled for 2021.