The maxi-style scooter has been patented in India, implying that Honda may be considering a launch in the country.
Honda India may consider introducing the Vario 160 maxi-style scooter in our market, given the rising popularity of premium scooters in our market. The Vario 160 is currently available in international markets such as Indonesia, but Honda has yet to announce its plans to bring it to India. While we wait for Honda to make an official statement on the subject, there are a few things to keep in mind about the Vario 160.
1. It is a Patented Invention in India
Honda has filed a patent in India for the Vario 160’s design, indicating that the company may be considering launching the scooter in our country. The patent was filed on February 16, and it was approved on April 29 of this year.
However, Honda has a habit of filing patents in order to protect its products in the future, should they decide to launch them, and it’s possible that this is why the patent was filed. The Scoopy scooter, the Grom mini bike, the NT1100 touring motorcycle, and, most recently, the U-go electric scooter are just a few of Honda’s patents that have yet to see the light of day.
2. It’s a Scooter with a Sporty Appearance
The Honda Vario 160 is a sporty-looking maxi-style scooter that is sure to turn heads on the road. It has an angular front apron with sharp cuts and LED DRLs that run the length of the vehicle. While the apron has a small cubby hole, the floorboard is completely flat. The 10-spoke alloy wheels look great, and the slim tail section has some angular styling.
Active Black, Grande Matte Black, Grande Matte White, and Grande Matte Red are the four colors available in Indonesia for the Vario 160.
3. It will be Equipped with a Liquid-Cooled Engine
The Vario 160 is powered by a 156.9cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 15.4 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 13.8Nm torque at 7,000 rpm. In Indonesia, it is claimed to have a mileage of 46.9 kilometers per liter. The Honda’s output is very similar to the 15hp and 13.9Nm of the Yamaha Aerox 155.
The maxi-style scooter has a 1,277mm wheelbase and measures 1,929mm in length, 679mm in width, and 1,088mm in height. Other notable features include a 140mm ground clearance, 18 litres of under-seat storage, and a 778mm seat height that is relatively approachable.
4. It has All-Around LED Lighting
The Vario 160 comes with LED headlights, taillights, DRLs, and turn indicators, as well as keyless entry, a USB port in the front apron, and a fully digital instrument cluster with speed, time, real-time fuel consumption, trip information, and an oil change indicator. However, it lacks Bluetooth smartphone connectivity as well as navigation.
The Vario 160’s suspension consists of a telescopic fork in the front and a monoshock in the back. Both ends of the scooter have disc brakes, with CBS on the entry-level model and dual-channel ABS on the top-spec model. The Vario rides on 14-inch alloy wheels with a front tyre of 100/80-14 and a rear tyre of 120/70-18.
5. It will Compete with other High-End Scooters
If Honda decides to launch the Vario 160 in India, premium scooters like the Yamaha Aerox 155 (Rs 1.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi) and the Aprilia SXR 160 will be its direct competitors (Rs 1.38 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi). However, if Honda wants to price the Vario 160 competitively in the United States and compete with other premium scooters, it will have to assemble the scooter locally, as Yamaha does with the Aerox 155.
In the meantime, the Vario 160 starts at IDR 26,339,000 (roughly Rs 1.41 lakh) for the CBS version and IDR 29,064,000 (roughly Rs 1.55 lakh) for the ABS version in Indonesia (prices are on-road, Jakarta).