Amidst the rumours of Honda launching the seventh-generation version of its popular 110cc scooter Activa, the Japanese two-wheeler maker introduced a new range-topping ‘Premium’ variant of the existing model. Priced at Rs 75,400, the new Honda Activa Premium will sit at the top of the current lineup of 110cc Activa. The other two models in the Activa lineup are Standard (Rs 72,400) and DLX (Rs 74,400).
Based on the DLX variant of the Honda Activa, the new Premium variant gets a host of cosmetic changes, which do make it look ‘premium. For starters, there are three new colour options to choose from – Mat Sangria Red Metallic, Mat Marshall-Green Metallic and Pearl Siren Blue. In all these three colours, the Honda Activa Premium gets a few golden-coloured touches, such as badges on the side panels and front apron inserts, which are otherwise chrome-finished in the other two variants of the scooter.
In addition to the golden touches on the body panels, the new Honda Activa Premium also gets golden-coloured steel wheels and ‘Premium’ logos on the side panels. Another big visual change here is the brown-coloured inner plastic panels and seat, much like what we have seen earlier with the TVS Jupiter, Suzuki Access and Honda’s Aviator from the past.
No mechanical changes
Apart from these visual changes, Honda has retained the mechanical soul of the Activa in the new Premium variant. It gets the same four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 109.5cc tried and tested engine, which produces a maximum power output of 7.7 bhp @ 8,000 rpm and a maximum torque output of 8.9 Nm @ 5,500 rpm. The scooter comes equipped with a silent electric start, external fuel filler and an all-analogue instrument console.
Along with the engine, even the other mechanical parts of the other two variants of the Honda Activa are retained in the Premium variant, such as 90/90-12 front and 90/100-10 rear tubeless tyres and 130mm drum brakes at both ends. Based on an underbone steel frame, the Honda Activa Premium gets new-gen telescopic forks at the front and a three-step adjustable hydraulic shocker at the rear.
The direct rival to the Honda Activa Premium is the TVS Jupiter ZX and Hero Maestro Edge, both of which also have the same brown or beige coloured plastic panels for the inner apron and floorboard.