Honda XBlade comes with an aggressive design; gets LED lights, digital instrument cluster and alloy wheels
Honda unveiled a total of 11 new products at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo and one of the most exciting among them was the all-new XBlade 160 cc bike that comes blending sporty style, aggressiveness and premium features. Pricing of this bike has now been revealed at Rs. 78,500 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and it will lock horns with Bajaj Pulsar, upcoming TVS Apache RTR 160 facelift, Yamaha SZ-RR, etc.
While Honda has already tasted success in the 160 cc segment thanks to the CB Hornet 160R, the all-new XBlade will enhance its sales figure and therefore it will help the brand to grab a stronger market share as well. Having been priced around Rs. 4,000 cheaper than the CB Hornet 160R with more features, its dispatch has commenced across the country. You will have to spend Rs. 5,000 as initial token amount for booking the new motorcycle. Speaking about its design, the bike gets a sporty stance and its LED lighting package adds premiumness to the product.
The bike features a very sharp full LED headlamp, while the fully digital instrument cluster increases its style further. A muscular and chunky looking fuel tank is there with sculpted appearance. There is no split seat, but the pillion seat is slightly stepped up, while rider seat gets a low stance ensuring comfortable riding experience and great control over the machine.
At the back, there is a narrow and sleek tail section sporting LED taillight. The exhaust muzzle gets chrome plating on it and a shiny chrome tip as well. It runs on sporty and stylish black alloy wheels. Side panels come with a crafted look and thanks to the Red and black contrast colour theme he bike looks very appealing. There is also presence of under belly cowl and a tall windscreen.
It is offered in five colour schemes such as Matte Frozen Silver Metallic, Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Matte Marshal Green Metallic and Pearl Igneous Black. For braking duty, Honda XBlade relies on 276 mm front disc and 130 mm rear drum brakes. Suspension duty is done by telescopic front forks and monoshock absorber at rear. The bike has been designed to grab attention of the young generation buyers who contribute a large chunk to the Indian two-wheeler market’s overall sales number.
On the powertrain front, Honda XBlade gets a 162.7 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine used in the CB Hornet 160R. Mated to a five-speed transmission, the engine produces a maximum power output of 13.9 hp at 8,500 rpm and 13.9 Nm of peak torque delivered at 6,000 rpm. It makes 1.1 hp and 0.86 Nm lesser than the Hornet comparatively and rides on 80/110 R17 and 130/70 R17 section tyres up front and rear respectively (smaller section than Hornet).