Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has unveiled its new X - Blade for the current financial year (2018-19) at 2018 Auto Expo. The premium 160 cc motorcycle will be competing against the Suzuki Gixxer, Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 and the likes in the segment. The new Honda X-Blade shares its underpinnings with the CB Hornet 160R but with a sportier and sharper design language, targeted at a younger demographic. The X-Blade will be going on sale in March this year and prices are expected to be around ₹ 85,000-90,000 (Ex-showroom).
The new Honda X-Blade builds on the Hornet's profile but with an all-new headlamp cluster that's full LED, along with sharply styled fuel tank with tank extensions and reworked tail section. The taillights are LED as well and the bike gets an edgy look overall. Honda says that the X-Blade is targeted at a younger audience and thus gets aggressive styling.
Power on the new Honda X-Blade comes from the same 162.7 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor as the Hornet. The unit is tuned to produce 13.6 bhp at 8500 rpm and 13.9 Nm of peak torque at 600 rpm, paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The X-Blade gets slightly smaller tyres than its sibling with a 80/110R17 unit up front and a 130/70/R17 tyre at the rear. Suspension duties are performed by telescopic front forks and a monoshock unit at the rear. The bike also uses the same braking setup with a disc at the front and drum unit at the rear. The model does get Honda's Combi-Braking System CBS). It will come in five colour options - Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Frozen Silver, Pearl Spartan Red and Matte Marshal Green Metallic.
Honda has also unveiled the new editions of the big bikes including CBR 650F, Africa Twin, CBR1000RR, CB Shine, CB Shine SP, CB Hornet 160R, CBR 250R and Gold Wing. One of the first quarter-litre offerings in its segment, the CBR250R was pulled off the market last year when it did not get BS-IV upgrade. However, the company has taken its time and has now introduced the 2018 edition that gets new colour options, decals and a full-LED headlamp with position lamp as part of the updates for 2018. The update brings a freshness to the motorcycle, adding a dash to its style.
Article Source : Overdrive