You have already read it on BikeAdvice that sales of Unicorn 160 are not convincing. After only 26 units in October 2016, Honda could manage to sell 751 units of the motorcycle in the succeeding month. This makes it one of the lowest selling 150 cc motorcycle in India.
However, Honda still sees potential in the commuter and has launched the 2017 edition and the press release, which they have shot officially confirms all the changes..
2017 Unicorn Changes
Let us quickly list the seven changes the model gets..
- Emission compliance: The engine gets upgraded to BS4 emission norms as is expected (for every motorcycle).
- Less Power & Torque: In the process, the motorcycle loses on both power and torque. The 2017 Unicorn 160 produces 13.82 bhp of peak power at 8000 rpm and 13.92 Nm of max torque at 6000 rpm. Both these figures are lower than 14.5 bhp and 14.61 Nm of the outgoing version (peak rpms remain the same for both).
- It also gets AHO (automatic headlamp on).
- A new Matte Marvel Blue colour has been added to the palette taking the total count of options to five. The red and black colour options get some graphics.
- New Visor – Honda has also lent the 2017 Uni 160 a new slightly longer visor (pic below).
- Graphics: The red and black colours also get minor cosmetic changes and a few decals. (Pic of 2017 Unicorn in red below).
- In terms of dimensions also, for some unknown reason, the new Uni 160 is 2 mm higher at 1062 mm. Rest of the dimensions remain the same.
It continues with the 5-speed transmission, 106 claimed top speed etc.
2017 Unicorn 160 Price
Honda launched the Unicorn 160 back in December 2014 and priced it at Rs 69,350 (STD variant) whereas the CBS equipped variant costed Rs 74,414. They were increased to Rs 72,802 and 75,255 respectively subsequently. And the BS4 variants have been priced at
- Unicorn 160 BS4 STD: Rs 73,552
- Unicorn 160 BS4 CBS: Rs 76,005
*all prices mentioned above are ex-showroom in Delhi
So that is a minor increment of less than Rs 1000 for both the variants for this transition to BS4. On road both the Uni 160 variants will cost Rs 81,485 and 84,163 respectively
Its sibling Hornet 160R which is doing much better already runs with a BS4 engine since its launch. In some time Unicorn 150 will also be updated to adhere to the upcoming emission norms which will come into effect from April 2017.
But the question is – will a lesser powerful Unicorn 160 attract buyers specially if Bajaj launches the new Pulsar NS160 Oil-Cooled in India?