Honda has updated its 2019 lineup with CBS and ABS. However, CB Unicorn 160 is missing from the list, which indicates the possible discontinuation of the bike.
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India has updated its models with CBS and ABS, ahead of the safety regulations kicking in next month. The lineup includes many popular models, but fails to include the CB Unicorn 160.
Honda has updated Unicorn 150 and X-Blade with single-channel ABS. CB Hornet 160R was available with ABS from a long time. The remaining 150-160cc bike to be updated is the CB Unicorn.
Every two-wheeler brand needs to update their models with CBS (bikes below 125cc) or ABS (bikes above 125cc) by this month. Post April 2019, the non-updated bikes cannot be sold.
Last year, CB Unicorn 160 was updated with Combi-Braking system. First launched in 2014, it was updated with BS-4 engines in 2017. It was meant to be a replacement for the ageing Unicorn 150.
However, since the relaunch of Unicorn 150, the sales of Unicorn 160 have sharply declined. The 150cc commuter bike received an overwhelming response and is currently one of the best selling bikes of the company.
Post launch of Honda X-Blade, CB Unicorn 160 was further affected. The X-Blade is a more premium motorcycle that comes in a near price range.
The CB Unicorn 160 uses a 162.7cc HET engine that is capable of producing 13.82 BHP and 13.92 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Features onboard include Combi-Braking System, a fully digital speedometer, standard front disc brakes, All-Time On headlamps, dual-tone paint job and a small tinted visor.
Priced at Rs 75556 (ex-showroom Delhi), it goes up against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar 150, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Hero Xtreme Sports. X Blade and Unicorn are priced within a difference of Rs 7000-8000.
Although, some speculate that it might be relaunched later with heavy styling upgrades. We will get to know this in a couple of months.