Honda H’ness CB350 with revised pricing now costs more than Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Honda H’ness CB350, launched in India in October 2020, is positioned in the mid-size motorcycle segment wherein it competes against the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa and Benelli Imperiale 400. Honda H’ness CB350 boasts of a retro cruiser design, inspired by the brands CB range.
It marked Honda’s entry in to mid-size 350-500cc segment. Offered in two variants of DLX and DLX Pro, the H’ness CB350 came in priced between Rs 1.85 lakh and Rs 1.90 lakh. These were introductory prices and was soon followed by a price hike in January 2021, by Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 2,500 respectively for the DLX and DLX Pro variants. Now, following six months launch, the Honda H’ness CB 350 prices have been hiked once again.
Honda CB350 May 2021 Price
Following the recent price hike, Honda H’ness CB350 is priced higher by Rs.3,405. The DLX costs Rs 1,89,905 from an earlier Rs 1,86,500, while the earlier pricing of Rs 1,92,500 for the DLX Pro has now been increased to Rs 1,95,905.
No changes in design have been introduced and the price hike is purely to offset rising commodity costs and other taxes. The price hike also puts the H’ness CB350 in the same category as the CB350RS priced at Rs 1.96 lakh for the monotone variants and at Rs 1.98 lakh for its dual tone counterpart.
This new pricing puts the H’ness CB350, at Rs.5,500 over that of its closest competitor, RE Meteor 350 which is priced from Rs.1.84 lakh for its Fireball variant. The Benelli Imperiale, also a strong competitor in the same segment, recently received a price reduction by Rs.10,000 and now starts at Rs 1.89 lakh. All prices are ex-sh.
CB350 Sales Till Date
Since launch, Honda has managed to sell over 18k units of the CB350 in the domestic market. Exports in the same period have stood at a little over 1,300 units. Together, 19,386 units have been dispatched till March 2021. Sales figures above are inclusive of the RS trim, which was launched in mid Feb this year. In the same period, Meteor 350 sales have crossed 38k units.
The H’ness CB350 DLX Pro variant receives Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. This allows the rider to use a dedicated Honda RoadSync App to manage features such as calls, music, audio instruction for navigation, etc.
All vital information such as average fuel efficiency, gear position indicator, real-time mileage, etc. are displayed on the screen. It also receives Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) while both variants get dual-channel ABS as standard. Other key features include USB charging port, LED head and tail lamps, turn signals and low battery indicator.
The H’ness CB350 is powered by a 349cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine offering 20.8 hp power at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm torque at 3,000 rpm. Transmission duties are managed by a 6-speed sequential gearbox with slip and assist clutch offered as standard.