Honda Cliq target the utilitarian segment within the 110cc automatic scooter market; gets block pattern tyres with deep grooves
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) introduced an all-new scooter, dubbed Cliq, in the domestic market back in June and expanded its reach nationwide with launches in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in the following months. It came as a surprise for many as the 110 cc scooter has been priced very affordably at Rs. 42,499 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It is squarely aimed at utility-based customers wanting to own a comfortable daily ride.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Cliq is a ‘revolution for the utilitarian customers’. The significant features Honda boasts about are the ‘Industry first’ special block pattern tyres claimed to give good grip on rough patch of roads. The concept of enhanced utility is said to be from ample under storage seat space, increased load carrying capacity and more legroom with flat and wide footboard. We rode the scooter and came out pleasantly impressed.
The styling of the Cliq when closely observed is a lot boxier and you cannot help but think that it is a grown up derivative of the Navi which primarily targeted the teenage customers but the design does serve its purpose of attraction as over 10,000 units were sold reportedly in under four months of its launch. It tips the weighing scale as similar to the Navi at 102 kilograms – making it about 8 kilos lighter than the best-selling Activa.
The Honda Cliq derives power from the tried and tested 110 cc single-cylinder engine good enough to develop a maximum power output of 7.92 bhp and 8.94 Nm of peak torque. Despite a 3.5-litre fuel tank, Honda claims a riding range of 200 km.
Honda has installed the Combi-Braking System (CBS) for even distribution of braking energy while the mobile charging socket is added for extra convenience. Keeping the utility theme, the company clearly aims at selling automatic scooters beyond the Indian metros and exploiting the 100-110 cc segment that has seen tremendous sales growth in recent times.
Designed to appeal for both male and female riders, the Honda Cliq has wide seat for better comfort of the rider as well as the pillion. Made available in three colour options – Red, Black and Blue – the Cliq also comes equipped with an optional rear carrier. Honda boldly claims that the deep grooves in the tubeless tyres are solid enough to take on any weather condition.