Honda has just launched the 2019 model year versions of the CB Shine, CD Dream, NAVi and CB Unicorn. While the Shine, Dream and NAVi get combi-braking system (CBS) with equalizer as standard, the CB Unicorn gains a single channel ABS unit. Prices of the four new two wheelers from Honda are as follows. The NAVi is the cheapest of the lot, with a starting price of just Rs. 47,110 ex-showroom Delhi. The 110cc CD Dream is priced at Rs. 50,028 while the CB Shine costs Rs. 58,338. The CB Unicorn is the priciest of this quartet, with a price tag of Rs. 78,815.
As for changes, apart from the boosted braking hardware on all four motorcycles, there are cosmetic changes. The NAVi gets a new paint scheme and decals on its sides. On the whole, the moped looks a lot more interesting than the older version.
This should win it some numbers considering that the NAVi has been a slow seller for Honda despite a very competitive price tag, unique positioning and top notch reliability. In essence, the NAVi is a moped version of the Honda Activa 110, with which it shares its 110cc four stroke engine, CVT gearbox and even the frame. Only the wheels are larger and the styling, different.
Moving up, the CD Dream DX is a commuter motorcycle with a 110cc, four stroke engine and a four speed manual gearbox. Built to rival the likes of the Hero Splendor, TVS Star City and the Bajaj Platina, the CD Dream DX gets a bunch of changes for 2019. In addition to CBS, the commuter bike now features silver 5 spoke alloy wheels, chrome handle bar & carrier, painted- front fender, cowl & tail cowl, clear lens turn indicators and revised graphics. The changes are incremental but most buyers in the segment won’t mind as it ensures that the commuter motorcycle manages to look fresh, get safer and more important of all – for this segment – retain a very competitive price tag.
The other commuter motorcycle – CB Shine – features a four stroke 125cc engine, which makes it more powerful than the CD Dream. Unlike the Dream 110 though, the CB Shine does not get any other change on the 2019 model but for the addition of combi-braking system.
The CB Unicorn is a premium commuter motorcycle in Honda’s line-up, and borders on the sporty. It features a 150cc four stroke engine that gives it ample performance for everyday riding within the city. Known for its impeccable refinement, this engine is one of the smoothest motors in the 150cc segment. The CB Unicorn’s 2019 model gets a slew of changes apart from single channel ABS. Honda now offers tubeless tyres, a spruced up instrument cluster that gets blue backlight, and a sealed chain that’s maintenance free.