Ever since Honda displayed the CX-01 concept at this year’s Auto Expo, the optimists have linked it to most of the possible future launches in the premium, sub one-lakh rupee bike segment.

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The expectation cannot be term as completely unfounded as the CX-01 was designed at the Indian R&D facility of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Ltd.

The speculations reached their peak in May this year when Honda India officially announced that it will launch a new 160 cc motorcycle by September this year. A naked CX-01 cross kind of a bike with a fairly powerful 160cc engine would have definitely opened up a new niche segment in India.


However, what comes as a dampener now is this news snippet at Indianautosblog.com, which quotes HMSI’s Vice President of Sales, Mr Y.S. Guleria, who says that the upcoming 160cc bike will not be styled on the lines of the CX-01 concept. It further says that CX-01 will be made a production motorcycle, however sometime later!

Honda, as usual, wants to play safe with its new offering to compete with the likes of Yamaha’s new FZ and Suzuki’s Gixxer.

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Honda’s 150cc CB Trigger, a fairly good bike, has not managed to sell much and the company is now expecting to make a dent in the segment with its new bike. It would be positioned above the CB Trigger and below the CBR 150R – expect a bike in the street-fighter mould with the 160cc mill putting out around 15-16 bhp.

Honda is already doing great in the scooter segment with its Activas and the CB Shine sales too are keeping the company’s accountants busy. But, it’s the 150-180 cc segment where Honda’s presence still needs a reckoning. While Honda fans wait for the 160cc bike, I’ll let my brain concoct an image of a scaled-up CB Trigger with a carburetted version of the CBR 150 R’s engine producing around 20 bhp to take on the Pulsar 200 NS, but hey…that’s just my imagination!

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  1. Honda will mostly rebrand Unicorn and put a round headlight ! They never launch good models here or are very cautious about wat they launch. They dont want to create a new production line for any new model. Just use old production line and fit new accessories.

  2. How long will Honda make us wait??? Hope they do not follow the Bajaj policy…cb trigger is a sensible commuter bike..but the price tag may be a let down for some…will they upgrade the trigger with a new 160cc mill????

    • If Honda is not coming with new 160cc bike based on CX-01 platform then basically Honda is upgrading Trigger with 160cc engine keeping the same chassis because if Honda brings an all new bike with new engine and a new platform then it would be the cx-01 that would do wonders for Honda.

  3. So then…will it be a powerful 160cc commuterish motorbike with chain cover and heel-toe shifter or a naked streetfighter?? Perhaps any one of the both makes sense keeping the current market scenario in mind….

    • CX-01 is just a concept for now. Honda has not disclosed its plans of what motorcycle will it spawn. However, it is not coming to us anytime soon, rest assured!


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