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Honda has finally unveiled its first BSVI-compliant two-wheeler in India and it is none other than the all-new Activa 125. We know what you are thinking and you are right. This makes Activa 125 the first scooter and second two-wheeler (after the Hero Splendor iSmart) in India to follow new government emission norms. The company website claims that the new scooter will be available to public from September 2019 and the people will have six colors to choose from. However, being BSVI compliant is just one of the many new facets of this Activa 125. The company goes on to claim that as many as 26 new patent applications have been submitted for the development of this scooter.
Though the 124-cc engine on this new scooter is the same as before, it now gets advanced features such as Programmed Fuel Injection and Enhanced Smart Power. These will help enhance the output of the scooter and keep emissions low at the same time. This engine produces 8.5 Bhp power and 10.54 Nm peak torque. Honda has updated the powertrain with components such as fuel canister, closed-loop catalytic converter, and Lambda (O2) sensor in order to make the scooter BS-VI compliant.
Besides, the new Activa 125 also gets a silent start feature. As the name suggests, this feature helps the rider start the scooter with no noise. Other upgrades include a new semi-digital instrument console, side-stand indicator, and pass switch. It is the odometer, eco-speed indicator, speedometer, service-due indicator, distance-to-empty, and real-time fuel efficiency that now take up the space on the instrument console. In order to save the fuel, Honda has added an Idling start system that switches off the engine when scooter is not moving.
Coming to design updates, the new Honda Activa 125 gets LED tail lights, chrome treatment on the front, and LED headlights. The scooter uses telescopic front forks while the rear-end gets a mono-shock suspension. The front-wheel of the scooter is armed with a disc brake while the rear wheel gets a drum brake. However, it gets the same 12-inch front and 10-inch rear alloy wheels as the outgoing model.
While presenting the BS-IV compliant Activa 125, Honda also introduced a new warranty scheme. The company is now offering a 6-year warranty on its two-wheelers for the first time. This includes a standard warranty of 3 years that can be extended up to another 3 years. Upon its launch, the new scooter will take on the Hero Maestro Edge 125 and the TVS NTorq 125. As the government plans to enforce BSVI emission norms from April 2020, most two-wheelers are expected to get engine upgrades by the end of this year.