Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India will unveil its new utility motorcycle for the Indian market on August 2, 2023. It is widely assumed that the next bike could be placed in the 150-180cc segment of the market, and Honda is expected to introduce it under the existing brand as it did with its 100cc commuter bike – the Shine. However, there is no official information on this subject. Both 162.7cc and 184.4cc engines are available for sale in the country, with the Honda Unicorn 160 offering the former and the CB Hornet 2.0 the latter.
New Honda utility bike: hardware
The new vehicle should be equipped with a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking could be provided by a disc, which should be standard on this bike. It is also likely to share features with the brand’s 160 cm3 models.
The Honda Unicorn 160’s air-cooled, single-cylinder engine develops 13 hp and 14 Nm of torque, while the Hornet’s 184.4 cm3 engine delivers 17 hp and 16 Nm of torque. The new product from the Honda stable is expected to boast power and torque figures similar to those of the Unicorn and Hornet.
New Honda Dio 125 unveiled in India
Alongside the Activa 125 and Grazia, Honda’s third 125cc scooter – the Dio – is now on sale in India. The Dio is offered in two variants: Standard and Smart, with ex-showroom prices ranging from Rs 83,400 for the Standard model to Rs 91,300 for the Smart variant. The new scooter boasts bold design elements and H-Smart keyless functionality. Both variants of the new product are offered with a special 10-year warranty (3-year standard warranty and optional 7-year extended warranty). Reservations for the Honda Dio 125cc have already begun, and deliveries are due to start soon nationwide.
New Honda Commuter Bike: price, launch details
In terms of price, the new Commuter Bike could range between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom), which would place it between the Unicorn 160 and the CB Hornet 2.0. The new product should go on sale in the coming weeks, probably in time for the festive season.
If Honda launches its new two-wheeler with a 160 cm3 engine, it will face competition from Bajaj Pulsar N160, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Hero Xtreme 160R 4V, and many others.