Peugeot Motorcycles are upping their scooter and electric game with CEO, Costantino Sambuy, saying, “2020 is the year of deployment for our brand” at EICMA, the annual motorcycle show in Milan ahead of their new year model range announcement.
The Kisbee became the best-selling 50cc vehicle in Europe. The brand is launching in Thailand in 2020 and has experienced 90% growth in China but what does it have up its sleeve for the coming year?
Peugeot Metropolis RS Concept (world premiere) – a highly connected and technically advanced machine that hosts the i-Connect system, the equivalent of the i-Cockpit as seen on the Peugeot 308 car, offering a heads-up riding screen. A redesign of the three-wheelers’ bodywork leads to a more muscular look while the firms’ signature day and night LED running lights from the car range make it onto the scooter.
Above: the two models from the Metropolis Ultimate range
Peugeot Metropolis Ultimate – the new arrival in the range has two models with the Sport and the Business coming with an identical price tag of €9,799. As you’d expect with the Metropolis name, both are three-wheelers with the 400cc engine, accessible with a driving licence. Both have the same vibration filters, ABS, hands-free start-up, anti-tilt locking system, one-handed adjustable windscreen and enough space under the seat to fit a full-face helmet plus an open-face.
The Sport version comes in a two-tone black and white colour combo and is equipped with 13” wheels, a floating grille and short windshield.
The Ultimate Business version comes with a chocolate-brown leather saddle, taller windscreen and a pillion back rest.
Above: Peugeot Pulsion is a three-bike range
Peugeot Pulsion – using a 125cc, injection engine producing 14.4 hp and 11.9 Nm of torque, the first ‘Urban GT’ from Peugeot comes as a three-part range with the Active, Allure and RS, ranging from €4,299 for the Active to €4,699 for the other two.
Daytime Running Lights (DRL), ABS-equipped linked brakes have the hazard warning lights come on when emergency braking, a feature seen on more and more bikes and scooters over the last three years. i-Connect links your smartphone device allowing to receive calls, SMS and other social media notifications on the TFT screen but not on the entry-level Active version. All three also feature keyless start within 1.5m and have enough underseat storage for a full-face helmet and an open face with a visor.
Active comes in Black while Allure is available in Red Ultimate or Shining Titanium and the RS comes in Mat Black and Vanish Technium or Midnight Blue and Snow White.
Peugeot also took the opportunity at EICMA to introduce the 4th generation of the e-LUDIX electric scooter range – with a removable battery that is rechargeable everywhere like a mobile phone. Four colours and four riding modes – Boost, Crawl, Go and Cruise - with a motor than makes 4 hp and is limited to 45km/h (28mph) makes it ideal for the younger market given that no riding or driving licence is required, therefore is accessible to 14-year olds but only across mainland Europe. In the UK you would need a moped license to ride one, and it would have to be registered, taxed, and insured like a moped.
The 88kg weight includes the 11kg battery (which is a fair weight to be carrying around to charge like your mobile phone) but a fully charged battery has a range of 50km (31 miles) and will be 80% full in four hours.
Available in January at approximately £3,000 - £3,500.
And for all those take-away delivery types, the e-Ludix Cargo offers a luggage rack designed to carry loads of up to 25kg, while the e-Ludix ‘Sharing’ where a second battery and a telematics unit allows for longer range and is idea for shared fleet operators.
Meanwhile, the Django 50/125cc arrives in 2020 with new finishes and new colour options. A new LED light and retro-style chrome air intake grille compliment the new colours: Deep Ocean and Mat Grey, Pearly Black, Mad Grey and Pearly Black with Mad Black.
Peugeot’s Kisbee 50, Belville 125, Tweet, Streetzone 50 and Speedfight 50 all now comes in new colours for 2020.