While Hero MotoCorp introduced India’s first fuel-injected scooter last month, its former partner, Honda, will launch country’s first BS-VI compliant two-wheeler on 12 June. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has sent out invites for the launch of the new product.
Below is what the company stated in the invite:
Honda 2Wheelers India invites you to be a part of A Quiet Revolution as it is ready to announce the FIRST BS-VI two-wheeler.
The invite also emphasises on the A Quiet Revolution by using the text, "PLEASE HOLD A PIN DROP SILENCE." The company has remained quiet about any further details, and the teaser video and image that were sent as an attachment with the invite do not reveal much about the upcoming product.
Honda recently launched the limited edition Activa 5G in the Indian market, and thus it will be safe to assume that the upcoming vehicle will not be the BS-VI compliant Honda Activa (6G?). However, scooters contribute a significant share of Honda’s sales. Thus, the model to be launched on 12 June could be an entirely new model. The BS-VI compliant product will be equipped with a fuel injection system, electronic control unit, an O2 sensor, three-way catalytic converter and an onboard diagnostic module.
In an interview last month, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s senior vice-president and operating head - Sales and Marketing, stated that the company is studying the feature trends and that buyers can keep high expectations from the new models.
One of the features that we expect to see on select BS-VI compliant Honda products is the addition of Bluetooth connectivity to the instrument console to access various features such as turn-by-turn navigation, caller ID and ride statistics. Do note that TVS already offers a similar function via its SmartXonnect Connected Technology on the Ntorq 125.
With the additional hardware, the BS-VI compliant product will most definitely retail at a premium as compared to the existing BS-IV two-wheelers in the Indian market. Also, this product will use a new platform.
The BS-VI compliant Honda Activa is expected to go on sale in early 2020.