The 2020 Honda Africa Twin will sport a new parallel-twin engine and will also get some cosmetic upgrades. We can expect the new model to be seen at EICMA 2019.
Honda is going to launch the 2020 Africa Twin with a significant mechanical change, making it more powerful. The new reports suggest that it will get a bigger 1100cc parallel-twin cylinder engine onboard.
The new engine will produce 101 BHP at 7500 RPM, seeing an increase of nearly 7 BHP over the current generation. The torque figure is also going to increase by a small margin. The gearbox will remain the same, a 6-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). The new engine will be compliant to the Euro 5 emission norms, thus slightly better mileage will also tag along.
Currently, the adventure motorcycle uses a 999cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder OHC engine, that delivers 88 BHP at 7500 RPM and 93.1 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM, mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a dual-clutch transmission.
The report further states that the 2020 Honda Africa Twin will be available in two variants, one for advanced riders and one will be a hardcore off-road version. Both will further get two versions each, which would get minor mechanical differences.
A new TFT-colour display unit replacing the Rally Style LCD unit, Bluetooth connectivity, Multimedia support and GPS navigation are expected to be equipped on the new version. Cosmetic upgrades will include a redesigned front and tail portion. The seat height and the windscreen will also be adjusted for a better experience.
It is also getting a bigger fuel tank of 20 litres, replacing the current one of 18.8 litres. Lastly, the design is speculated to get more aggressive seeing some considerable styling upgrades.
2020 Honda Africa Twin is expected to be unveiled at the EICMA 2019, following a global launch in early 2020. Currently, it is priced at Rs 13.5 Lakhs (ex-showroom), might go up by a Lakh. We might see this version at the 2020 Auto Expo. Africa Twin goes against the likes of Ducati Multistrada 950, BMW F850 GS and Triumph Tiger 800 series.