Ultimately, India’s first BS6 compliant two-wheeler, Honda Activa 125 BS6 FI has been unveiled. It is the first product from the brand’s quiet revolution that uses ‘noiseless’ starter motor. Later we could witness the introduction of other products under a similar program. As of now, the scooter is only unveiled while it will go on sale from September 2019. However, it is quite surprising that Honda rolled out BS6 two-wheeler nine months before the more stringent BS6 norms to hit the country from April 2020. In its segment, the Honda Activa 125 BS6 FI will rival against contenders such as Hero Maestro Edge, Aprilia SR 125, TVS NTorq 125 and the Suzuki Burgman Street 125.
In terms of power, Honda Activa BS6 will be loaded with tried and tested 125cc motor. Also, it will be in association with PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) and the brand’s patented Enhanced Smart Power (ESP) technology that will support in conveying better fuel economy, improved power output and lower emissions. Other than this, the powertrain observed changes in the form of placement of an offset cylinder which supports in reducing friction. The used crankshaft now is a lighter unit which supports in improving combustion due to the production of tumble flow.
The new Honda Activa 125 BS6 FI also gets an idle start-stop system like the Hero I3S technology in order to save fuel. As claimed, the system is switchable and activates in 3 seconds. The side stand indicator is also new with this first BS6 scooter which don't lets the engine start if it is engaged.
In terms of new fitments, the BS6 compliant Activa 125 gets an LED headlight and semi-digital instrument cluster which displays additional information like range and average fuel economy. An external fuel lid and the 4-in-1 ignition switch are also new for the convenience of the buyer.
If the pricing is concerned, there will be a marginal difference of around 10 per cent in the new Activa 125 over the standard model. The ongoing Activa 125 attracts the pricing of INR 60,000 - Rs 64,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).