Honda has launched its second 160cc motorcycle in India. The popular 2020 Honda X-Blade in its BS6 avatar is priced Rs 17,000 over the BS4 model. That’s a steep increase and inline with what international bike makers have done. Now, the starting price of the 2020 Honda X-Blade is Rs 1.08 lakh for the single disc and Rs 1.12 lakh for the dual disc version, ex-Mumbai. The bikes are yet to reach the showroom while Honda offers four colours – blue metallic, black metallic, red and gray. Compared to the Honda Unicorn, the X-Blade has received many updates. We will talk about them in a bit. The competitors of the Honda X-Blade include the Suzuki Gixxer 150 (Rs 1.12 lakh), TVS Apache RTR 160 4V (Rs 1.02 lakh), Hero Xtreme 160R (Rs 99,500) and the Yamaha FZ (Rs 99,700).
What’s new in the 2020 Honda X-Blade?
The 2020 Honda X-Blade BS6 gets new graphics. Let’s first address the elephant in the room – the engine. This engine is the same one as before and has been slightly fettled to make it in line with the BS6 norms. The power output stays the same as before at 13.8PS while the torque has increased by 0.8Nm. The new torque number is 14.7Nm. Honda still uses a 5-speed gearbox. The engine gets a counter balancer and Honda claims it has been optimised to deliver more torque.
New features on the bike include an engine kill switch, and new graphics. There is also a new rear disc brake but sadly enough, Honda still offers single-channel ABS on the X-Blade. One can order the bike with a 276mm front disc brake-130mm rear drum combination or a rear 230mm disc. The all-digital instrument console is retained and it gets a service-due indicator as well.