The maxi-style scooter has been patented in India, hinting at the truth that Honda might be contemplating an India launch.
Given the rising recognition of premium scooters in our market, Honda India could also be contemplating introducing the Vario 160 maxi-style scooter right here. The scooter is at the moment on sale in worldwide markets like Indonesia, however Honda is but to announce its intention to launch the Vario 160 in India. Whereas we wait to see any official assertion from Honda on the matter, listed below are some key issues it is best to be aware concerning the Vario 160.
1. It has been patented in India
Honda has patented the Vario 160’s design in India, indicating that the producer might be contemplating launching the scooter in our market. The corporate filed for the patent on February 16, and it was then accepted on April 29 this yr.
Nevertheless, Honda has a behavior of submitting patents with the intention to safeguard its merchandise for the longer term, ought to they resolve to launch it, and so it’s attainable that the patent was filed for this actual motive. Among the patents filed by Honda which can be but to see the sunshine of day embody the Scoopy scooter, the Grom mini bike, the NT1100 touring motorbike, and most not too long ago, the U-go electrical scooter.
2. It’s a sporty trying scooter
Honda’s Vario 160 is a sporty trying maxi-style scooter that’s certain to attract loads of consideration on the street. It options an angular entrance apron filled with sharp cuts and LED DRLs that reach all the best way to the highest. The apron homes a small cubby gap, whereas the floorboard is totally flat. The slim tail part additionally options some angular styling and the 10-spoke alloy wheels look reasonably cool.
The Vario 160 in Indonesia is accessible in 4 colors – Lively Black, Grande Matte Black, Grande Matte White and Grande Matte Pink.
3. It will get a liquid-cooled engine
The Vario 160 is powered by a 156.9cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 15.4hp at 8,500rpm and 13.8Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. It’s claimed to have a mileage of 46.9kpl in Indonesia. The Honda’s figures are very corresponding to the Yamaha Aerox 155’s 15hp and 13.9Nm output.
The maxi-style scooter measures 1,929mm in size, 679mm in width, 1,088mm in peak, and has a 1,277mm-long wheelbase. Different essential figures embody a floor clearance of 140mm, 18 litres of beneath seat storage and a reasonably approachable seat peak of 778mm.
4. It options LED lighting all spherical
By way of options, the Vario 160 is supplied with an LED headlight, LED tail-light, LED DRLs and switch indicators, and has keyless operation, a USB port within the entrance apron and a completely digital instrument cluster that shows the velocity, time, real-time gas consumption, journey info and oil change indicator. Nevertheless, it does miss out on Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and navigation.
Suspension duties on the Vario 160 are dealt with by a telescopic fork up entrance and a monoshock on the rear. The scooter will get disc brakes at each ends, with CBS on the entry-level variant and dual-channel ABS on the top-spec model. The Vario runs on 14-inch alloys with a 100/80-14 entrance tyre and 120/70-18 rear tyre.
5. It would rival different premium scooters
If Honda does resolve to launch the Vario 160 right here, its direct rivals could be premium scooters just like the Yamaha Aerox 155 (Rs 1.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi) and the Aprilia SXR 160 (Rs 1.38 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi). Nevertheless, if Honda needs to cost the Vario 160 competitively right here and take a slice from the opposite premium scooters’ gross sales, the corporate must assemble the scooter regionally, like Yamaha does with the Aerox 155.
In the meantime, costs for the Vario 160 in Indonesia begin at IDR 26,339,000 (round Rs 1.41 lakh) for the CBS model and IDR 29,064,000 (round Rs 1.55 lakh) for the ABS model (costs are on-road, Jakarta).
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