Honda Airblade 160 is based on the same platform as Vario 160 and gets the same powertrain configuration
Scooters in India have so far been seen mainly as commuter machines rather than high-performance vehicles. With the launch of Yamaha Aerox 155 last year, the Indian market began to agree that scooters are an efficient means of extracting performance.
In other Asian markets, performance scooters already serve a significant portion of their respective markets. Honda has launched the sixth-generation Airblade model in Vietnam. The new generation Airblade 160 gets many updates from its predecessor, the most prominent of which is a new heart borrowed from Honda Vario 160.
The sixth-generation Airblade 160 is powered by a 160cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that replaces the older 150cc unit from the previous version. This 160cc mill delivers 15 hp and 14.2 Nm peak torque. These figures are 0.2 hp and 0.3 Nm more than what the Yamaha Aerox 155 gets from its engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a belt-driven CVT automatic transmission.
2022 Honda Airblade 160 Design
As for the design, Honda has made subtle tweaks to the styling. This includes an updated headlight cluster and revised body panels with elegant lines running through them. The overall design is similar to the previous version with a thick front apron and side fairing. Synchronized with today’s maxi-style scooters, Airblade gains a spine that runs through the floorboard.
It will have a one-piece seat with a slightly raised tail section. Components such as alloy wheels, upswept muffler, running board and suspension are painted black, enhancing the Maxi scooter’s sporting appeal. Ergonomics are very suitable for a comfortable driving position. More importantly, Airblade is now supported by a new and lighter chassis.
Features & Price
In terms of features, the Airblade 160 is equipped with full LED lighting, a full digital instrument panel and a smart key, along with a 23.2 liter under-seat storage space. The under-seat storage also gets trunk lighting and a USB charger. Hardware equipment consists of a suspension that consists of telescopic forks in the front and double shock absorbers in the rear.
Braking duties are handled by a disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear, which are accompanied by a single-channel ABS. In Vietnam, the Honda Airblade 160 is priced at VND 55,990,000 (about INR 1.87 lakh). It will lock the horns with Yamaha Aerox 155. Airblade 160 will most likely not reach Indian shores for the foreseeable future.
However, Honda has filed for patents for as many as three scooters in India that could cater to its performance segment. The most prominent of these is the X-ADV scooter, which is likely based on the same 160cc platform as Airblade.