Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has sprung a welcome surprise by adding yet another model to its existing scooter line-up. Called the ‘Activa i,’ this new scooter slots in below the existing HET technology scooter models, the Aviator, Activa and Dio, with an attractive price tag of Rs 44,200 (ex-showroom, Delhi). That’s Rs 3000 lower than the standard model Activa today.
The unisex Activa i also provides HET technology, and targets buyers in the 25-30 year old age group with styling that is correspondingly quite sleek. There's a hint of the Aviator in the front, with twin indicator strips flanking a neatly rounded front apron. The upward sweeping side panels are smartly styled too while the tail-light with a multi-reflector element adds a touch of sportiness. Other highlights include a rear wheel hugger and lockable 18litre underseat storage bay, same size as earlier. The two-tone instruments look chic and include a speedometer, as well as fuel-level indicator.
The Activa i runs the same four-stroke, forced-air cooled, single-cylinder, 109.2cc engine as found on other Honda scooters. Peak power remains unchanged at 8bhp at 7500rpm. The engine features Honda Eco Technology to reduce friction within the engine and enhance fuel-efficiency.
Like the standard Activa, the Activa i uses linked front suspension (and not telescopic forks like the Aviator) which comes as a disappointment. Also, there will be no disc brake option, but Honda’s Combined Braking System (CBS) is standard, working to balance the front and rear brakes for safer riding. With a weight of 103kg, the Activa i should prove light and easy to ride.
With the Activa i, Honda has made its intentions crystal clear, to dominate the Indian automatic scooter space. The new scooter’s lower pricing and unique appeal opens up a price war in the segment, and will undoubtedly help bring new buyers into the Honda fold. At the very least, Honda’s competition has much to worry about.