The Honda Activa revolutionized the Indian scooter scene, it made mince-meat of the competition when it was launched back in 2001 and many years later, it still continues to do so. The Activa still sells in great numbers and even though its competitors tried every trick in the book, they still could not catch up with the sales of the Activa. Honda already has two variants of the Activa, the Activa and the Activa-i. But Honda is now planning to launch a new version of the Activa to help strengthen their foothold in the scooter segment in India.
At the upcoming, 2014 edition of the Auto expo in Delhi, Honda will showcase an Activa powered by a new 125cc engine. This new variant of the Activa will surely give some tough competition to all the 125cc scooters in the market like, the TVS Jupiter, Suzuki Access, Suzuki Swish and Mahindra Rodeo. Right now, the most expensive scooter in Honda’s line up in India is the Aviator, but with the new 125cc Activa, Honda will price and position the new Activa just a notch above the Aviator.
The Activa is a very good scooter and scores well in all fields, but there is an omission of the most necessary feature in a scooter today, which is, a telescopic suspension. The Activa comes with a trailing link front suspension whereas all its competitors have telescopic suspension, even the Honda Aviator comes with telescopic suspension and also a front disc brake as an option.
Looking at the fact that Honda has priced the new 125cc Activa above the Aviator, we can definitely expect Honda to provide a telescopic suspension at the front. If the Activa sold so well without it, we can be sure that the new Activa will fetch greater sales numbers than the old one with the telescopic shock absorbers.
The new Activa will be powered by a 125cc HET (Honda Eco Technology) single cylinder, air cooled engine whose power figures are not yet known and so is the design of the new scooter, but knowing Honda, we are sure, they will work their magic with this one and will again be an instantaneous hit. The new Activa 125 will be positioned as the top of the line variant and the Activa-i will be the entry level variant with the Activa taking the middle slot.