It would not be wrong to say that Activa is the bread and butter of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India. First launched in 2000, Activa soon replaced the then popular two wheeler automatic scooter, Kinetic Honda, as the crowd favourite. By 2013/14, it had become the best selling two wheeler in the country, beating Hero Splendor.
Honda Activa and Hero Splendor continue to battle for the top spot till date. Some months it is the Splendor, some months it is the Activa which is on top. But mostly, it is the Splendor, which manages to finish the year on top. But, Honda has always aimed to become the no 1 two wheeler brand in India, and to do that, they need to beat their old friend, Hero MotoCorp; and the first step to beat Hero, is to beat Splendor.
Activa sales have steadily grown with the addition of every new generation. Now, Honda is getting ready to bring in the 6th generation, christened 6G. The new generation Honda Activa 6G aims at ending the battle with Hero Splendor, as it aims to stabilize itself at the top of the two wheeler sales chart, not only in India, but around the world.
2019 Honda Activa 6G has been spied on test for the first time. The images you see in this post, were clicked at ARAI near Pune by Shaunak Sarpotdar. The automatic scooter has arrived at the ARAI facility for homologation purpose.
The biggest update on board Honda Activa 6G, is the addition of telescopic forks in the front. Scooter fans have been wanting this update like forever. Thanks to this, the ride and handling of Activa will now be hugely improved. Not only it will be able to deliver a better braking performance, but will also give better balance while going through those bad roads filled with potholes.
Wearing a heavy camouflage, the new Activa gets a revised headlamp design, which could be housing LED lights and LED DRLs, front brakes are via disc brake, while rear gets a drum brake, it will get CBS as standard. Instrument console is new. It features an analog speedometer with a large LCD display for digital display of information like fuel level, trip meter, distance to empty, etc.
Powering the Activa 6G will be a 110cc petrol FI engine. The engine will be updated to meet BS norms. It will be more refined than current engine, to deliver better performance and acceleration. Fuel efficiency figures too will be improved. Expect prices to be increased, thanks to the addition of new equipment and upgradation of engine to meet BS6 norms.