At the Auto Expo 2018, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) unveiled their fourth offering in the financial year 2017-18. At the start of the FY, the company had announced to introduce four vehicles by the end of FY 17-18. As promised, they have now introduced their latest model X-Blade at the event. Bookings for the same have begun officially at company dealerships, while deliveries will commence by the second week of March 2018.
The sporty commuter X-Blade is based on CB Hornet 160R, but will be priced at around Rs.79,000 which makes it much more affordable than the latter. However, this new model will lack many features evident on the CB Hornet, taking into account the aggressive pricing factor.
X-Blade ranges between a commuter and a sports bike with few extreme specifications. It gets sharp sporty detailing on the body with a neatly chiseled fuel tank and flowing headlamp while maintaining the looks of a commuter with its long seat and large exhaust pipe. LED headlamps and tail lights, an all-digital instrument cluster featuring gear and service due indicators are other features worth mentioning.
X-Blade gets telescopic front forks and monoshocks at rear for suspension duties while front disc brakes and rear drum brakes handle braking power. Although suspension is similar to that seen on the CB Hornet, the brakes are lower in specification.
Honda X-Blade is equipped with a 162.7cc, four stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder carbureted engine that produces 14bhp worth power and 14Nm of peak torque, again lower than the CB Hornet. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. This new sports commuter will challenge its rivals as Yamaha FZ16 and Bajaj Pulsar 180 in India. It will be available in five shades upon launch.