Honda has permanently made its mark on the scooter industry in India. Starting off with the Activa and later launching more models and more variants of scooters, Honda has literally made itself the king of the hill in the scooter segment. One of the later scooters of Honda was the Aviator and it has been around in its current guise for quite some time now, and its age was starting to show in the sales figures. In order to boost sales, Honda has decided to update the Aviator and we have a leaked image of the Aviator facelift.
It would actually be wrong to call it just a facelift, as it isn’t just a few changes here and there, but Honda has actually changed the entire design language for the Aviator facelift. When viewed from up front, the chrome element from the outgoing Aviator has been removed and instead, the designers at Honda have added tall clear lens turn indicators. The front also gets a redesigned headlamp. When viewed from the side, it is easily noticed that the Aviator has lost its bulk. The bulky, utilitarian, family scooter image carrying fiber body has been replaced by a sleek, fashionable, chic body. One of the biggest changes on the side profile of the scooter are the new alloy wheels. Honda has provided some really stylish 7-spoke alloy wheels on the aviator facelift.
While the design language of the scooter has been changed for the facelift, no changes have been made to the mechanical bits. The new Aviator will also be powered by the same 109.2cc, single cylinder engine which powers the current aviator. The air-cooled engine has a maximum power output of 8 BHP and a maximum torque output of 8.77 NM and the power is transmitted to the rear wheel through a variomatic gearbox. Honda is likely to standardize the disc brakes up front (it is only an option on the current aviator) and the addition of a combined braking system too is likely.
With all the changes it is obvious that Honda is trying to give the image of the Aviator a makeover too because, right now the aviator has a ‘expensive family scooter’ image, Honda is trying to give it a ‘chic stylish scooter’ image, and this strategy might work very well indeed and there will finally be some proper competition for the stylish Vespa. The new aviator is expected to be launched by the end of this year.
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