- Published On: 30 March 2017
- 2 min read
The second-gen avatar of Honda's stylish scooter is all-new. Here are the first impressions.
Honda has attempted to make its Dio a lot more stylish. Its longer, slimmer and taller now thanks to the addition of new body panels with multiple smooth edges. The absence of the multi-coloured graphics from the old scooter makes this version of the Dio look more attractive too. Honda expects this sharper, more powerful version of the gearless scooter to be a hit with youngsters.
On the outside
The smart front apron sports a wide headlight and clear-lens indicators. The re-profiled mirrors are neat and the analogue speedometer and fuel gauge in separate pods give it a simple, uncluttered feel, while the switches and levers feel decent to operate. The rear brake has a locking clamp that comes in handy when parked on a slope. The handlebar grips feel good and the ignition key slot and manual choke lever remain constants.
There’s more legroom on this bike thanks to its flat floorboard. The wide single-tone seat has more than enough space for both rider and passenger. The sleek side panels flow to the rear and come with appealing 3D emblems. There’s a wide, stylish rear grab handle and sharply styled brake light cluster.
The outgoing 102cc motor makes way for a 109cc, four-stroke, air-cooled engine that also powers the new Activa and Aviator. It makes 7.92hp at 7000rpm, and 8.91Nm of torque at 5500rpm.
Honda has raised the new Dio’s ground clearance by 15mm. It also comes equipped with Honda’s Combined Brakes System (CBS), which works effectively to enhance safety. This feature, exclusive to Honda for automatic scooters, simultaneously applies the front and rear brakes when the left-hand lever (rear brake) is squeezed. The gearless scooter comes with a spacious underseat compartment and tubeless tyres are standard too. Honda’s Dio is on sale with a choice of five colours – red, grey, white, green and violet.
With these additions, Honda has managed to add some life to the Dio - it’s got fresher styling, a new motor and comes with a few new features.