Yet another silent launch in the Automobile market, HF Deluxe i3S was launched in India recently at a price tag of Rs.46,630 (Ex-showroom New Delhi). While uncertainty prevails over the number of variants this motorcycle has, news confirm the availability of a self-start variant for now. However, it can be assumed that the kick-start variant may be offered at a lower price if at all it becomes available in the market.
This all new commuter developed using the iSmart technology exhibits striking body graphics with i3S badge on its profile making it intelligent inside and handsome outside. Some other features include AHO (Auto Headlamp On) and 18 inch wheels. The new HF Deluxe i3S has a decent ground clearance of 165mm and a kerb weight of 110kg. It gets 130mm drum brake at both ends while suspension duties upfront are handled by telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers. At its rear a swing arm with two-step hydraulic shock absorbers carries out the suspension duties.
The HF Deluxe i3S is fitted with the same 97.2cc engine as the HF Deluxe, coupled to a four-speed gearbox that develops 8.36PS power and 8.05Nm of peak torque. The most attractive feature about this motorcycle is that it is based on the iSmart technology that promises better fuel efficiency by shutting down the engine automatically when not in use for more than 5 seconds thereby preventing loss of fuel. The engine can be restarted by pressing the clutch lever after this shut down function. Period!
Image: Official Hero Website
At the Auto Expo 2018, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter Limited (HMSI) unveiled their fourth offering in the financial year 2017-18. At the start of the FY, the company had announced to introduce four vehicles by the end of FY 17-18. As promised, they have now introduced their latest model X-Blade at the event. Bookings for the same have begun officially at company dealerships, while deliveries will commence by the second week of March 2018.
Suzuki Motorcycles launched the 2018 version of their flagship motorcycle Hayabusa, much ahead of the Auto Expo this year. It will however be showcased at the event in the company pavilion. This much awaited bike comes to India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units and will be assembled at the company facility at Gurugram.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.