If you are a scoot lover and felt let down after Honda’s Activa-i launch a few weeks back, then you have a reason to grin now.
According to an Autocar India report, Honda is pondering over a 125cc version of the widely popular scooter Activa. The report also mentions that the launch could take place in the very-near future, possibly in some weeks.
Activa was one masterstroke of a product that dropped anchor for Honda’s dream run in the murky waters of the Indian market. Most of the manufacturers were treading away from the scooter segment at that time, but Honda played their cards very close to their chest. In the end, they stand vindicated.
The Activa not only acted as a springboard for Honda’s future inroads, but it ended up resurrecting the scooter segment of India. Currently, they offer the Activa along with the snazzier Dio as well as a more muscular Aviator. Few weeks back, the Activa-i became their cheapest offering in their arsenal. The incorporation of HET (Honda Eco Technology) into their scooters has added might to the already formidable trio.
Honda seems to have put its ears to the ground. Though Activa was a renowned brand, more power output was always on the wishlist of the owners and fans alike. Growing demand and good response to 125cc scooters like Access, Swish and Vespa is also one reason. The new 125 cc Activa will probably offer all industry standard features and specifications.
It will most probably be powered by a single-cylinder mill close-enough to 125 cc. It will be equipped with a variomatic transmission. The seating position is likely to be carried over from the current Activa; expect it to be very comfy and upright. Unfortunately, not more is known about the engine, frame and the suspension components. An interesting thing to look out for is whether Honda will provide bigger wheels or not.
Well, what’s certain is that the Activa 125 will definitely give a tough run to the other 125 cc scooters currently available in the market. And the icing on the cake will be the focus on fuel efficiency; the addition of HET looks certain!
Honda would do well to launch the all-new Activa before the commencement of the festive season, sometime around September.
The question then is – Would you want to move up?