One of the interesting and perhaps cute looking two wheelers that were on display at Auto Expo 2016 was Honda Navi. It was also launched on the same day at a price of Rs 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Many people were confused (some still are i guess), whether this is a bike or scooter when they laid their eyes for the first time. Some even thought these are “kids bike” 😀 This is neither of them. Honda Navi is rather an interesting cross between a scooter and a bike. Honda calls it a new segment in FUN riding. And the news is, the Navi has got 900+ bookings already and also over 15,000 downloads have been registered for the Honda NAVI app which is available at Honda’s website.
There are 3 bikes on offer. NAVI street, NAVI adventure & NAVI off-road. Honda says NAVI is first 100% Honda R&D India model – from concept development to commercial production. The Navi is powered by the familiar 110CC, single cylinder, four stroke SI engine of the Activa, which makes 7.83 bhp power at 7000 rpm and 8.96 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. Ground clearance is measured at 156 mm. There are five colors on offer – Patriot Red, Hooper Green, Shasta White, Sparky Orange and Black. The NAVI measures 1805 mm long, 748 mm wide and 1039 mm tall. Suspension is taken care by telescopic forks in front and spring hydraulic type at the rear, and braking is taken care by drums on both sides. Customization options for the Navi are available, giving an opportunity for the customers to personalize the bike as per their liking. Now let’s hear what Honda has to say.
“NAVI will reinvent 2wheeler mobility in India. With the NAVI, the game is ON and Young India is going to play with their two wheels like never before” – Keita Muramatsu, President & CEO- Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
“With India having the world’s youngest population, it is imperative for Brand Honda to connect with the youth. NAVI will take forward Honda’s Fun DNA in India. From business point of view, almost 70% of 2wheelers sold in the country today have engine displacement upto 110cc. However most of the models here, irrespective of their segment – Motorcycle or Scooter – are lookalike without much differentiation in specs or features. Considering the potential & moving away from the Syndrome of Sameness, Honda R&D India challenged to create “New additional Value for India” – NAVI.” – Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Honda says the delivery of NAVI will start from April, 2016 onwards. Have you booked one? Let us know what do you think of the Navi in the comments down below.