Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India have just launched the new upgraded 2018 Activa-i and Aviator in India at a very reasonable price of Rs 50,010 and Rs 55,157 (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively.The Activa-i has been targeting the female market and comes in vibrant colours combinations. The Activa-i though, has been playing second fiddle to the more popular and higher selling Activa and with these new feature upgrades to both scooters, hoping to boost their sales.
The Activa-i is now available in a host of new colours, five to be precise – Imperial Red Metallic, Lush Magenta, Candy Jazzy Blue, Matte Axis Grey Metallic and Orchid Purple Metallic. The Honda Aviator gets all the same features with a few distinctions, such as new LED headlamps with the Aviator signature on it. The new model now has four colour options, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Selene Silver Metallic, Pearl Amazing White and the new addition of Pearl Spartan Red. The scooter is available in three options that are distinguished by their wheels, Standard, Alloy Drum and Alloy Disc. The scooter has the same BS-IV-compliant Honda Eco Technology (HET) 110-cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine as the Activa, producing 8.0 PS and 8.94 Nm of torque that gets you up to a maximum speed of 83 km/h with the help of a V-matic transmission. Road contact on the Activa-i is achieved through 90-section tyres with 10-inch wheels for the Activa-i and 12-inch wheels for the Aviator up front and 10-inch rear wheels for both, and 130-mm drum brakes on both wheels help bring the bike to a halt when needed. The Avaitor as mentioned above has a disc brake variant on offer.
The scooters list of features include a more compact design, CBS with a stability equaliser which gives the scooter better balance when braking, a new double-toned instrument panel, a new hook, metal muffler protectors, a 4-in-1 lock with a seat opening switch, colour-toned rear-view mirrors and a mobile charging port situated in the storage compartment under the seat. A lot of these features can also be seen in their premium sibling the Honda Grazia. Also read: (Honda Grazia First Ride Review – A New Arrow in the Quiver)
All said and done, with price tags of Rs 50,010 and Rs 55,157 (ex-showroom) for the Activa-i and Aviator respectively, it would seem that the scooters sure offer a lot of value for the money you pay.
Story: Zal Cursetji