Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) has launched the 2018 Honda Activa-i in India. The scooter cost marginally higher than the old model at INR 50,010 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The 2018 Honda Activa-i comes with five colour options – Candy Jazzy Blue, Lush Magneta Metallic, Imperial Red Metallic, Mat Axis Grey Metallic and Orchid Purple Metallic. Key features on the new Activa-i include a four-in-one ignition switch with a separate switch to open the seat, front hook, a dual-tone analogue instrument cluster and metallic exhaust muffler.
Honda is targeting female riders with the Activa-i, which offers low weight, smaller dimensions, and added practicality. The Activa-i is the third scooter in the Activa range after the Honda Activa 5G and the Activa 125.
Powering the 2018 Honda Activa-i is the same 109 cc, single-cylinder, 2-valve engine that powers the regular Activa. The air-cooled engine is tuned to develop 8 bhp of maximum power at 7,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 9 Nm at 5,500 rpm, mated to a V-Matic transmission. The Activa-i features 10-inch alloy wheels at the front and back that runs on 90/100-section tubeless tires.
The scooter comes with a spring loaded hydraulic suspension setup at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking force comes from 130 mm drum brakes at both the wheels, while CBS (combined braking system) is standard. An under-bone type chassis underpins the Honda Activa-i, while the two-wheeler features fibre body in place of the all-metal body on the Activa 5G. The Honda Activa-i rivals the Hero Pleasure, Suzuki Let’s, Yamaha Ray Z, and the TVS Scooty Zest.
The 2018 Honda Activa-i gets a fuel tank capacity of 5.3 litres along with a ground clearance of 165 mm and a kerb weight of 103 kg, while the seat height stands at 765 mm. The scooter receives a top speed of 83 kph.