IAB Report – Honda’s festive season 160 cc motorcycle not based on CX-01 Concept

Posted on: Jul 24, 2014 - 10:33am IST

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) had previously announced that a new 160 cc motorcycle would launch in the second quarter of FY2015 (July – September 2014).

Talking to Indian Autos Blog, Mr. Y. S. Guleria, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, HMSI, confirmed that the new 160 cc bike will not derive its styling inspiration from the edgy Honda CX-01 concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year. He added that it’s too early for the CX-01 Concept to be put into production.

Honda CX-01 Concept Auto Expo 2014 front quarter
The new Honda 160 cc motorcycle will not be based on the CX-01 concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo.

To be positioned above the Honda CB Trigger but below the CBR150R, the 160 cc bike will be sportier and more powerful than the CB Trigger, which puts out 14 bhp (14.6 PS) and 12.5 Nm of torque. The motorcycle will lock horns with the new fuel injected Yamaha FZ Series and the TVS Apache RTR which would graduate to a new generation soon.

IAB also learns from sources that the new Honda bike will not launch before September.

While Honda is registering positive growth in automatic scooters (segment leader) and commuter motorcycles, the 150-160 cc segment is proving to be a tough one to crack. The aging CB Unicorn which caters to the commuter end of the 150 cc segment manages to post decent volumes but the CB Trigger has failed to fire and the CBR150R is positioned as a niche product. Honda would be hoping to extract more sales volume from this segment using the 160 cc motorcycle.

Competitors: Yamaha FZ V2.0 Series, TVS Apache RTR

Expected Price: INR 70,000 – 80,000, ex-showroom

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15 thoughts on “IAB Report – Honda’s festive season 160 cc motorcycle not based on CX-01 Concept

  1. y says:

    Heartbroken ???? I feel unicorn was a last model which did wonders in Indian market n after that era of Honda is over… They are years behind from competitors…. Hopeless Honda

  2. Vivek KP says:

    Im waiting for a long time for this Stunning naked bike. Firstly sources says that it would be 200cc bike against Duke and Pulsar 200NS. And now they says it would be 160cc against FZ16 and all the same segments. But Im looking for its 180cc ranging 90000-10000/-
    If not even release its 180 or 200, then go for duke 200.
    Dear Honda India, why dont u planning a 200 or 250cc version of the naked Super bike CB 1000R?

  3. akshay says:

    Launch it soon bfr diwali otherwise lots of guys will go for suzuki gixer and cx01 will be flop like trigger

  4. Deva says:

    The “made in India CX 01” has already captured the hearts of sportive youth with its stunning shape like deer, amazing design. why not launch it asap? am waiting for this bike, if Honda delays further i would go for Suzuki Gixxer..

  5. John says:

    Good give Honda company some wisdom… i pity Honda marketing team… i was waiting for a bike which is a combination of Dirt and Naked bike ….pity on them they are not launching

  6. biker says:

    Honda India must bring this concept to the market!!! All current honda bike models are flop models and i thought i would upgrade to cx 01 selling my yamaha fz. Now i will have to go to some other option except honda (unless honda comes up with a sportier model)

  7. manoj says:

    Damn!! I just expected cx 01 this year 🙁 I think honda is just wasting time updating flop models, right now cx 01 has already stolen many hearts the design & concept just super cool,,,, hoping honda would concentrate in launching this super cool bike into market as soon as possible

  8. Rajiv says:

    Earlier we had heard that it will likely be based on the Stunner’s design language. That makes sense for the positioning between the commuterish Trigger and sporty CBR150R. It will likely be the same engine as the Trigger, though, but dressed up to look like a more sporty Stunner.


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!