Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched its all new 160cc bike - the Honda X-Blade, in the country for Rs 78,500 (ex-showroom Delhi). It gets segment-first LED headlamp that lends it a robotic look and the light-throw is brighter than the regular halogen lamps. Notably, its price is Rs 3,859 lesser than compared to CB Hornet 160R, which was priced at Rs 82,359 (ex-showroom). "Armed with more style, Honda's tried and tested HET 160cc engine, and superior technology, X-Blade creates a new benchmark with several segment-first features in its class and that too at an attractive price", said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, HMSI at the launch of the X-Blade.
Bookings for the X-Blade can be made in all Honda dealers across the country at Rs 5,000.
On the equipment front, the Honda X-Blade comes with a link-type gear shifter, which Honda says helps in precise and smooth shifts. The X-Blade is available in five colour options - Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Matte Frozen Silver Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Pearl Igneous Black and Matte Marshal Green Metallic. The company named it as "Robo Face" and in the Indian market, it will be having competition with TVS Apache RTR 160, Yamaha SZ-RR and Hero Xtreme Sports. A mono-shock suspension at the rear is standard, and so is a 130 mm rear tyre. Honda says that it has designed this engine so that it offers a good low and mid-range performance. A long seat is on offer as opposed to split seats.
X-Blade is powered by the 162.71 cc HET engine. The bike gets an all-digital instrument cluster which shows service due indicator, digital clock and a gear position indicator. While the Hornet makes 15bhp and 14.76Nm, the X-Blade makes 13.9bhp and 13.9Nm. A 9 LED position lamp setup ensures that the X-Blade stands out of the crowd. Honda has prepared X-Blade with keeping the youth in mind and that's why it has been made with an aggressive design. It gets a rather sharp-looking LED headlamp, sporty fuel tank extensions, and a dual outlet for the end-can. The latter protects X-Blade from underbody from mud accumulation.
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