Honda working on low-cost 150/160cc CBX for India
UPDATE- The bike in the patent images below could be the upcoming Honda CB Hornet 160R.
Honda Motorcycles India second largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India in terms of sales, but the Japanese giant’s presence in the 150cc or above segments is something the company won’t be proud of. Leaked patent images indicate that Honda is working on a low-cost 150cc bike for India targetting the lower end of the 150/160cc commuter bike segment. The Honda CBX 150 will be based on the now discontinued CB Unicorn to save costs and will lose some of the bike’s more premium features. We can only speculate on the actual specifications and features of the bike right now, but we will keep you updated with all the latest info. Read on to find out more about the Honda CBX 150 India launch, price, specification, pics and details.
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This bike appears to be in its early stages of development therefore, a launch could be at least a year away.
Since Honda is targetting the lower end of the 150/160cc segment the Honda CBX 150 India could cost around INR 60,000-70,000.
The Honda CBX 150 will essentially be a stripped down version of the CB Unicorn. It will be based on the same chassis and will share a lot of tis mechanicals with the bike. However, to keep costs in check Honda is expected to use the old 150cc engine and also do away with certain features such as mono shock suspension, rear disc brake, front fairing, etc. Leaked patent images reveal a double-sided rear suspension, cheap looking grab rails, round headlamps which is a CBX trademark. The tail lamp, rear mudguard, fuel tank all appear to be similar to the CB Unicorn. The Hona CBX 150 will, in all probability, share a lot of its components with existing Honda bikes. The facilitate city commuting the CBX also gets high set handlebars and an upright riding position.
Other than the CBX, Honda is also said to be developing a rival to the Hero Impulse which is a relatively untapped segment in the Indian market. This motorcycle will also be a low-cost product and could share its mechanicals with the Honda CBX 150. We will update you with more information once we are able to get our hands on it.
Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for the latest updates on the Honda CBX 150 India and other upcoming Honda bikes in India 2015 – 2016.