Rumour: Honda readying up a 125cc version of the Activa?

The Honda Activa is the best selling automatic scooter in India. The scooter, when it was launched more than a decade ago, redefined the automatic scooter landscape of the country with its refinement and reliability levels, both marks of a best seller. To capitalize on the Activa brand name, the Japanese two wheeler giant added a new, cut-price variant to the Activa range a few weeks ago.

Called the Activa-i variant, the new scooter is a slimmer, lighter version, aimed at people who find the regular variant too bulbous for their tastes. By pricing the Activa-i a few thousand rupees lower than the regular Activa, Honda is playing the value card to good measure and big volumes could be the outcome. Now, Honda is said to be eyeing further expansion of the Activa range by adding a 125cc heart to the scooter.

The Activa 125, according to a rumour originating on AutoCarIndia, could be launched in a few weeks from now. The scooter, if launched, will be the first 125cc engined automatic scooter in Honda's Indian range. The scooter will compete with the likes of the Suzuki Access 125 and the Vespa LX125.  It will be interesting to see how Honda manages to price and position the new product. 

Currently, the Japanese two wheeler maker has four automatic scooters: Activa-i, Dio, Activa and Aviator. All scooters, featuring 110cc four stroke engines with HET, offer the buyer different price and size points. While the Activa-i and Dio are aimed at people with slimmer builds, the Activa and Aviator suit bigger built people, with the Aviator aimed chiefly at menfolk. So, the major differentiating factor of the larger, 125cc engined Activa, could be its additional power and torque. 

A front disc brake and telescopic front forks are two other features that should make it to the Activa 125, considering the fact that it could be Honda's flagship scooter offering in India. Currently, the Aviator 110 is Honda's most expensive scooter offering,  selling at 53,547 rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The Activa 125 could be priced at a similar level or even higher considering the bigger engine it is touted to offer. 


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