The retro-themed Honda Cub EV concept made an appearance in India in electric form at the Auto Expo 2016. While that model never went into production, Honda has introduced a new petrol-powered Super Cub C125 for 2019. The moped will be made available to international customers in 2019 and be priced around 3,600 US dollars (Rs 2.46 lakh).
Honda has built over 100 million Super Cubs in the model’s 60-year history, making it the highest-selling motor vehicle in the world. This latest version is instantly recognisable as a Cub thanks to its classic styling, S-letter silhouette and step-through design. For now, Honda has only showcased the moped in one colour – Pearl Niltava Blue. Powering this bike will be an air-cooled, fuel-injected 125cc motor that Honda says will be fuel-efficient and quiet. Modern features on this old-school moped include LED lighting, Smart-key technology and ABS.
Tadamasa Maeda, large-project leader for the Super Cub C125 said, “We know our customers, male or female, take their personal style seriously and we want our new Super Cub C125 to enrich their lifestyle. Its timeless design expresses value and universality, and we have added a new level of performance to the engine and handling ability to the chassis. Just like it was for our founder, our biggest joy is to play a positive part in daily life – and also put a big smile on the face of every Super Cub owner, whenever and wherever they ride it.”
As far as India relevance goes, it’s unlikely that the Super Cub C125 will make it here. Even if Honda could work a more cost-effective localised version (like the Navi is to the Grom), it is an unknown as to whether the company believes that this kind of styling has potential in our market. What are your thoughts? Do you believe the Super Cub, if priced right, could make an impression in India? Let us know in the comments section below.