Honda announces the launch of the PCX150 scooter in the US market
Honda has launched the latest iteration of its PCX150 scooter in the USA. The scooter goes on sale in July 2018 and is priced at $3,999 (Rs 2.55 lakh excluding taxes and duties) for the ABS version and $3699 (Rs 2.36 lakh excluding taxes and duties) for the non-ABS variant. Major changes to the 2019 Honda PCX150 include a new steel duplex cradle frame instead of the "underbone" tubular steel frame of the previous version and a new smaller bore 149cc liquid cooled single cylinder motor although no performance figures have been announced. The bike also comes with a larger airbox and a low friction variomatic transmission.
The earlier bike's front 31mm telescopic forks remain but the twin rear shocks receive tri-rate springs. These are situated further back and have more travel, 83.82mm to the earlier 78.74mm. There are lighter 8-spoke alloys and wider tires as well. The bike now weighs 131 kgs, a loss of 2 kgs over the older bike.
The exterior styling of the new PCX150 has taken a more evolutionary approach. Most noticeable is the refreshed front fascia with a large, central LED headlight accompanied by a pair of long, upwardly-slanting LED turn signals.
Other additions on the bike include LCD instruments, a helmet hook, 28 litres of underseat storage, a smaller storage space in the dash, and 12-volt adaptor.
While there is no news of this scooter joining Honda's India line-up, the Honda PCX150 could be a viable alternative for buyers looking to upgrade from the large number of 125cc scooters in the market to a bigger machine. This bike could provide a more laid-back alternative to the sportier Aprilia SR150 already available in the Indian alternative.
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