Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) launched the Navi at a starting price of Rs. 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) earlier this year and what featured under the curtains was simply beyond anyone’s expectations. The Japanese two-wheeler maker called the Navi as a new fun riding segment and will initially be available in five colour options.
The Japanese manufacturer understood the growing trend in the Indian market and introduced the Navi moto-scooter. Standing testament to its overwhelming popularity is that the brand has sold over 50,000 units of the Navi in just half a year since it went on sale. Celebrating the achievement of garnering 28 million customers, HMSI said it has further consolidated its equity as India’s fastest growing auto manufacturer as it contributed to 24 percent industry growth compared to just 13 percent the previous term courtesy of the Activa.
Honda Navi Street, Honda Navi Adventure and Honda Navi off-road are the three variants introduced with each having distinctive characteristics of their own. Bookings have already commenced and over 5,000 were made through an Android application and the range will look to entice primarily young buyers.
The new scooter range is based on the highly popular Activa and has almost the same dimensions. It also uses the same 110 cc single-pod engine from the Activa mated to a V Matic automatic transmission. By being seven kilos lighter than its elder sibling, it offers improved power-to-weight ratio. Navi have the youngsters’ attention on a large scale with its funky design and outlook.
Honda Navi Price (Es-showrom):
Honda Navi is priced from Rs. 39,500 (ex-showroom price, Delhi) and will offer a lot of value to compensate for that price tag.
Honda Navi Specification:
The first model from Honda to be conceptualised and produced entirely in India, measures about 1,805 mm in length, 748 mm in width, 1,039 mm in height and has 1,286 mm wheelbase. It has a credible ground clearance of 156 mm with the seat standing 765 mm tall. The kerb weight is rated at 101 kg and the fuel tank can hold 3.8-litres at full capacity.
Chassis, Suspension and Brakes
Constructed on an Under Born Type frame, the Navi rides on a telescopic suspension at the front and a spring loaded hydraulic type system at the back. It wears a 130 mm drum brakes at either end with 90/90-12 tyre up front and 90/100-10 tyre at the rear.
Honda Navi Engine & Specification
Honda claims the Navi range is a ‘new kind of ride’ and gets powered by a 110 cc single-cylinder engine with the HET (Honda Eco Technology). It is tuned to generate 7.83 hp of maximum power output at 7,000 rpm and 8.96 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm and comes coupled with a V-matic automatic transmission helping it to achieve a rated top speed of 81 kmph.
Honda Navi Mileage
Expect this Honda scooter just like others to deliver segment best mileage claimed numbers which should be around the 60 km/l mark courtesy of HET technology and light kerb weight.
Honda Navi is something youthful, funky and comes with different color options. It is a fusion between a bike and the scooter with both of their significance used to full effect. There’s a considerable gap between the headlamps and the handlebars with the front fork setup resembling that of a bike but it has storage space a scooter can offer like the one found near the engine.
It has taller stance with the body lines identical to a bike but the rear end is short so as the tyres to bring forth a distinctive scooter-ish appeal.
The fuel tank cover and sporty headlamp with silver-finished plastic cladding have substantiated the sportier appeal while some of the components from the existing Honda motorcycles have been brought in to the Navi like the tail lights taken from the CBF Stunner.
The Grom-resembling styling scooter has sleeker profile and comes with new decals, crash quards, interchangeable panels, visor and under-body protection, costing Rs. 6,000 over the asking price.
Honda Navi Safety and Features:
We expected to see a front disc brake optional on this new scooter and CBS aka Combi Braking system fitted to this product since these features are going to be standard on all bikes and scooters post 2017. But, it’s not the case with complexity in making them for volume numbers and to keep costs down.
The bigger 12-inch front and 10-inch rear wheels wrapped in MRF Nylogrip rubber offer superb grip. The instrument console is an analogue unit for speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge with switch gears lifted from the Dream Series.
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