The Honda Activa is one of the hottest selling scooters in India but in the recent times, it’s facing a cut-throat competition from rival Japanese & Indian two-wheelers. In order to maintain their lead and regain the lost market share, Honda’s fully owned local subsidiary, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India aka HMSI launched the new Activa-I, with a price tag of Rs. 44,200 (ex-showroom in Delhi). The company also sells two other models, Dio & Aviator with the same 110 cc engine at higher prices.
Engine – 110cc, Mileage – 60 Kmpl, Price – Rs. 44,200
Technical specs wise, Activa-I offers nothing exciting. It’s powered by a 110 cc, air-cooled engine which produces 8.15PS at 7500 rpm (revolutions per minute) and a torque of about 8.74 Nm at 5500 rpm. The brakes system is the same as you’d find in oldie Activa called the Combi Brake System (CBS). The CBS technology allows the total braking distance reduced by about 24% as compared to other traditional brakes system. The new Activa-I comes with tubeless tyers, a viscous air-filter and most importantly – a maintenance free battery.
On the mileage side, the Honda engineering team promises a cool 60 Kmpl with their Honda Eco Technology aka HET. Based on user feedback for older activa; we’d expect the mileage to be about 50 kmpl on city roads. We’d like to know if any of the CEans are getting a better mileage from their Activa.
The petrol tank can accomodate approximately 18 liters. The new Activa-I offers a greater ground clearance, of about 165mm (as compared to older Activa’s 153mm). The dead-weight of the scooter is about 103 Kg. For the women riders, there’s an ergonomic grab rail – which promises to bring down the total effort of putting the scooter on main stand by about 15%. We’d definitely like to have a first hand review of this system. Do let us know through the comments!
The Activa-I will be made available in four cool colors viz. Beige Metallic, Pearl Sunbeam White, Alpha Red Metallic and Purple Metallic.
HMSI’s CEO, Mr. Keita Muramatsu informed the press that Activa-I is a creation of a team of about 200 engineers working on a project for about a year. The company now plans to make a 100% ‘Made In India’ two-wheeler, but did not comment on whether it’ll be a motorcycle or a scooter.