Honda has revealed the all-new Activa 125 BS-VI for the Indian market. The Honda Activa 125 BS-VI is the first BS-VI emissions compliant scooter in the country and the second BS-VI two-wheeler to debut after the Hero Splendor i-Smart BS-VI. The Honda Activa has constantly been among the top-three best-selling two-wheelers in the country ever since the first-gen scooter’s launch. It was in June 2001 that Honda debuted the first-gen Activa with the 98cc engine.
It has revealed its first BS-VI product for the Indian market way ahead of the April 2020 deadline. The Activa 125 might not have been the best-selling 125cc scooter, but was certainly the most mature scooter of the lot and with the new features it has just received, it is one of the most attractive buys currently in the segment.
The Honda Activa 125 BS-VI looks exactly like the BS-IV variant that is currently on sale. Up front is a curvaceous mudguard and a flowing apron. Taking centre place on the front apron are the turn signal indicators with a thick chrome strip between them, lending the front of the scooter a pleasant design. Adding to this is the LED headlamp with a visor right above it. On the side profile the most noticeable change is the chrome strip on the otherwise plain jane body. The scooter rides on alloy wheels with a matt black finish. The new Honda Activa 125 BS-VI comes with several new feature additions like reworked analogue digital instrumentation.
The analogue bit of the instrumentation handles just the speedometer. The other digital end though has a lot more to handle. Other than the usual fuel gauge, odometer and tripmeter, Honda has now added the real-time fuel-efficiency, and distance-to-empty features. The major changes though, has obviously been made to the engine and its peripherals. The Honda Activa 125 BS-VI is still powered by the same air-cooled, 125cc, single-cylinder engine. It produces a maximum power output of 8.4bhp and a peak torque output of 10.54Nm. It is now fuel-injected, making it the second scooter in the country to feature FI after the Hero Maestro Edge 125. It also features Honda Idling Stop System which is an advanced version of the start-stop system that is used to save fuel while idling. It shuts down the engine at long traffic signals and the engine comes back to life when the rear brake lever is pressed. With the Activa 125 BS-Vi, Honda has pioneered the silent start technology. Honda has used a unique mechanism in which the crankshaft is first turned backwards and then a forward motion is induced, starting the engine almost instantly with not much of the starter motor sound. The Honda Activa 125 BS-VI will be launched in September 2019, with a total of six colours on offer.