The maxi-style scooter is patented in India, suggesting Honda may consider a launch in India.
Given the rising popularity of premium scooters in our market, Honda India may be considering introducing the Vario 160 maxi-style scooter here. The scooter is currently on sale in international markets such as Indonesia, but Honda has not yet announced its intention to launch the Vario 160 in India. While we wait for an official statement from Honda on this, here are some key things you should know about the Vario 160.
1. It is patented in India
Honda has patented the Vario 160 design in India, indicating that the manufacturer might consider launching the scooter on our market. The company applied for the patent on February 16, and it was subsequently approved on April 29 of this year.
However, Honda has a habit of filing patents to protect its products for the future should they decide to launch it, so it’s possible that the patent was filed for this exact reason. Some of the patents filed by Honda that have yet to see the light of day include: the Scoopy scooter, the Grom mini bike, the NT1100 touring motorcycle, and most recently, the U-go electric scooter.
2. It is a sporty looking scooter
Honda’s Vario 160 is a sporty-looking maxi-style scooter that is sure to attract a lot of attention on the road. It has an angular front apron full of sharp cuts and LED daytime running lights that extend all the way to the top. The apron houses a small hole, while the floor plate is completely flat. The sleek tail section also has some angular styling and the 10-spoke alloy wheels look rather cool.
The Vario 160 in Indonesia is available in four colors: Active Black, Grande Matte Black, Grande Matte White and Grande Matte Red.
3. It gets a liquid-cooled motor
The Vario 160 is powered by a 156.9 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that produces 15.4 hp at 8,500 rpm and 13.8 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. It is claimed to have a mileage of 46.9kpl in Indonesia. The Honda’s figures are very similar to the power of 15 hp and 13.9 Nm of the Yamaha Aerox 155.
The maxi-style scooter is 1,929mm long, 679mm wide, 1,088mm high and has a 1,277mm wheelbase. Other key figures include 140 mm ground clearance, 18 liters of under-seat storage and a freely accessible seat height of 778 mm.
4. It features LED lighting all around
In terms of features, the Vario 160 is equipped with an LED headlight, LED taillight, LED daytime running lights and indicators, keyless control, a USB port in the front bumper and a fully digital instrument panel that displays the speed, time, real-time fuel consumption, trip information and oil change indicator. However, it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and navigation for smartphones.
The Vario 160’s suspension is handled by a telescopic fork in the front and a monoshock in the rear. The scooter has disc brakes at both ends, with CBS on the entry-level variant and dual-channel ABS on the top-end. The Vario rides on 14-inch alloy wheels with a 100/80-14 front tire and 120/70-18 rear tire.
5. It will rival other premium scooters
If Honda decides to launch the Vario 160 here, its direct competitors will be premium scooters such as the Yamaha Aerox 155 (Rs 1.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi) and the Aprilia SXR 160 (Rs 1.38 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi). However, if Honda wants to competitively price the Vario 160 here and take a share of the sales of other premium scooters, the company will have to assemble the scooter locally, as Yamaha does with the Aerox 155.
Meanwhile, prices for the Vario 160 in Indonesia start at IDR 26,339,000 (about Rs 1.41 lakh) for the CBS version and IDR 29,064,000 (about Rs 1.55 lakh) for the ABS version (prices are on the way, Jakarta ).
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