Honda NX200 registered in India: probable name of the rival of the Hero Xpulse 200

The Honda NX200 will most likely have a design similar to the Xpulse, with a fully digital instrument console.

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Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have been very busy last year despite the pandemic. Many new products have been launched by the manufacturer and the company has also managed to enter new segments. It is the latter in which the company will also engage this year with the NX200. The Honda NX200 will likely be a rival to the Hero Xpulse 200. Honda might be keen to enter this lucrative space and we understand that Bajaj Auto and TVS may be working on their entry level ADV at Rs 2 lakh as well. Details of the Honda NX200 are scarce at the moment and HMSI might not invest in a single 200cc engine for this bike and instead use the Hornet 2.0 unit. For perspective, the Honda Hornet 2.0 uses a 17.2 hp / 16.1 Nm, 184 cc engine. The construction of this engine is simple – 2 valves, air cooled and with fuel injection. Its maintenance will be relatively inexpensive.

The Honda NX200 will most likely have a design similar to the Xpulse, with a fully digital instrument console. The frame will also be similar to that of the Hornet but slightly reinforced to support off-roading. This bike will also have wire wheels, which the HMSI range in India currently does not have apart from the more expensive Africa Twin. Overall Honda offers the CB190X motorcycle and the design theme could be very similar. As is the case with most HMSI bikes, expect this one to have LED headlights and taillights as well. A hazard warning light could also be on the list of features.

Expect Honda to launch this bike later this year, possibly during the holiday season. HMSI could also retail this product through BigWing dealers, although the company’s policy was to ensure that models 300cc and larger were placed in its high-end showrooms. If HMSI could set the price of the bike at Rs 1.35 lakh, there will be takers for this entry-level ADV.

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