Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched the ABS-equipped CB Unicorn 150 at an ex-showroom Delhi price tag of INR 78,815. The addition of ABS has resulted in a price increase of INR 6,500 over the non-ABS model (INR 72,315 ex-showroom Delhi). Honda has introduced a single-channel ABS to its 150cc commuter which also eliminates the need to add a disc brake at the rear, thus keeping the price increase limited.
The CB Unicorn 150 is one of the highest selling products in Honda’s portfolio. In fact, despite the subtle styling and a standard feature list, the CB Unicorn 150 is the second highest selling motorcycle in Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s portfolio. Honda had discontinued the CB Unicorn 150 and replaced it with the CB Unicorn 160. However, the bike was brought back due to the immense demand from the buyers at the Auto Expo 2016.
The motorcycle continues to feature three colour options – Pearl Igneous Black, Red and Geny Gray Metallic. Styling cues include chrome decorated front cowl, metal fuel tank with chrome finished Honda logo, three-pod instrument console, chrome garnish on the side panel, long and comfortable saddle, sealed chain and tubeless tyres.
Mechanical specifications include a 149.2cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke carburetted engine that delivers 12.73 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 12.8 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The motor uses a five-speed transmission to send power to the rear wheel. Stopping power comes from a 240 mm single disc with ABS at the front and a 130 mm drum unit at the rear. Telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear perform shock absorption tasks.
The engine continues with BS-IV compliance while Honda is working on BS-VI models. The BS-VI ready CB Unicorn 150, similar to the rest of Honda’s portfolio, would benefit from a fuel-injection tech. The updated model is expected to hit the showrooms by early 2020, ahead of the April 1 deadline. Minoru Kato, President and Chief Executive, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India had said in the past that not all models would be continued post the BS-VI upgrade. However, being one of the best performing motorcycles for the two-wheeler brand, the CB Unicorn 150 is most definitely staying.