As we all know, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has been working on a 100cc commuter motorcycle that will go up against the mighty Hero Splendor, which currently dominates the segment and is also the Indian Best selling motorcycles. That’s been revealed by HMSI CEO and MD Atushi Ogata, and now the Japanese two-wheeler brand is ready to launch the new 100 cc motorcycle in the country on March 15.
The motorcycle brand has announced that it will launch a new commuter motorcycle at an event in Mumbai next month. However, it did not reveal any details about the motorcycle. However, it hinted in a video that the motorcycle will have good range. The nomenclature was also not disclosed. Given the popularity of Honda’s Shine range with buyers, it’s expected to sport the Shine badge. In that case, it would probably be named the Honda Shine 100. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the two-wheeler brand.
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Talking about the design, this bike will likely have a similar design to the 125 cc Honda Shine, but will also have unique styling elements. To make it more attractive compared to the Hero Splendor, the upcoming Honda 100 cc model could get a fully digital instrument cluster and some attractive features not often found in the entry-level commuter motorcycle segment.
The motorcycle may feature a horizontally oriented ramp engine, which is Honda’s trademark design. In addition to being robust and reliable, the engine was known for being cheap to manufacture. Introducing this will help HMSI to price the upcoming motorcycle more competitively with its rivals.
The Hero Honda Splendor introduced a derivative of the HA05E engine back in 1994, and the same power plant continues to be produced under the leadership of Hero MotoCorp. However, it has been upgraded to meet the latest emissions standards. Honda’s upcoming 100 cc motorcycle may feature a similar engine.
First published date: Feb 27, 2023 at 16:33 PM CST