Activa, one of the largest selling two-wheelers in the world, is all set to have a new member in its lineup. A test mule of the new scooter was recently spotted, albeit heavily camouflaged. Industry insiders are speculating that the vehicle could be the updated version of Activa 125 or the Activa 6G. The former seems more on the cards since the Activa 5G was launched just a year ago.
The spy images of the new scooter have revealed some design changes. The new Honda Activa gets a chrome stripe, a new grab rail, and a redesigned instrument cluster. Honda has already ditched the choke and the new scooter now has a nifty cubby hole, like the Honda Grazia, in its place. The vehicle is also expected to have a redesigned front fascia and new LED headlight cluster. The pictures also revealed Honda’s Idle Stop System (like Hero MotoCorp’s i3S technology) switch on the handlebar’s right-hand side. While the feature is not exactly new, it would be the first in any Honda scooter in India.
The current version of the Activa 125 is hauled by a single-cylinder 124.9cc BS-IV engine which outputs 8.52PS maximum power at 6,500rpm and 10.54Nm peak torque at 5,000rpm. The upcoming Activa, in all probability, would have a BS-VI compliant engine because the new emission norms will be implemented soon. The powertrain is likely to have fuel injection or auto-choke system for the same reason. Suspension duties in the new Activa will be handled by telescopic front forks and a three-step rear adjustable shock absorber.
While there has been no word about the prices, the upcoming two-wheeler may command a INR4,000-6,000 premium over the current Activa 125. The latter has an ex-showroom price of INR64,307.
The new vehicle, if it turns out to be the 2019 Activa 125, will face competition from Suzuki Access. In case it’s the Activa 6G, the scooter will rival Yamaha Fascino, Hero Maestro Edge, and the TV Jupiter.