Honda Scoopy India spotting suggests that the Japs are planning to target the premium segment in the domestic market…
Honda sells a very interesting scooter Scoopy in some Asian markets like Indonesia, Philippines etc. The biggest USP of the scooter is its retro modern design, a theme which Vespa has taken advantage of, in India. Honda also promotes it as ‘uniquely different’.
In a not so surprising move, it appears that the company is preparing Scoopy’s Indian launch as can be made out from its first spy pics that have surfaced at Gaadiwaadi, from somewhere in Shimla.
The test mule in dark blue (appears to be black in pics) is running absolutely uncamouflaged and is followed by the unexpected MSX 125 mini bike. It features 12 inch wheels with interesting alloys and a front disc brake and for some reason the mule carries a top box also. And let us also clarify that this is the latest 2017 version that Honda is testing here.
Indonesian Scoopy is powered by a 108.2 cc 4-stroke engine capable of producing 9.1 PS of peak power at 7500 rpm and 9.4 Nm of maximum torque at 6000 rpm. Fuel supply is through Honda’s PGM-FI and it weighs only 99 kgs. Honda Scoopy India version is expected to get power from the 109 cc engine that propels all the company’s 110 cc scooters in the domestic market. However, there is a possibility of Honda introducing it with the bigger 125 cc mill as well.
Scoopy’s biggest design element is its front which carries a massive round headlamp on the apron along with an all-curvaceous design. This is accentuated by the funky graphics and colour themes Honda offers in the scoot. Among the prominent features of the scooter are – anti-theft alarm, mobile charger, projector headlamps etc.
Scoopy will definitely be placed as a premium offering in India and its launch can be expected sometime this year. If introduced with a bigger engine, it will pose a threat to the Vespas which, along with the Aprilia SR150, is enjoying a lions share in this (premium) segment.