The new Honda CB Unicorn 160 was caught completely undisguised and could replace the CB Trigger in the company’s lineup.
Details on Honda’s much awaited offering are finally crawling out of the bag after the Japanese automaker had kept the model hidden for the longest period. With an official launch expected sometime in January 2015, the production ready Honda CB Unicorn 160 was caught completely undisguised during an ad shoot (shot in Lavasa) revealing all the aesthetic details on the upcoming 160cc offering. Set to compete against the Yamaha FZ 2.0, Suzuki Gixxer as well as the upcoming Hero Xtreme Sports, the new CB Unicorn 160 is expected to offer the convenience of a commuter and the performance needed by buyers of this category of bikes.
In terms of aesthetics, the new Honda CB Unicorn 160 gets certain styling bits inspired from the CX-01 concept showcased at the Auto Expo, earlier this year. The front fascia sports a bikini fairing covering the headlamp, while the fuel tank gets muscular lines. Retaining the conservativeness in design, there is a bit of commuter feel on the new Unicorn 160, especially with the elongated single seat and the tad bit out of place tail section. In comparison, most rivals in the segment come with split seats offering a sporty look.
In addition, the new CB Unicorn 160 will come in a single metallic paint job with silver and black inserts on the sides. The naked bike also gets a heel-toe gear shifter (commuter-esque), fully covered chain guard and a neatly tucked in saree guard that actually is one of the best bits in terms of design. The new CB Unicorn also gets a fully digital instrument cluster (from the CB Trigger), while the switch gear is the same as before. As seen in the earlier spy shots, Honda has still not included an engine kill switch on the updated model.
In terms of powertrain, the new Honda CB Unicorn 160 will draw power from a 160cc engine which is expected to produce around 14.5 BHP of power and will also be more fuel efficient than the existing CB Trigger in the segment. Suspension duties on the other hand are performed by telescopic front forks, while the rear gets a monoshock set-up. With the CB Unicorn all set to hit the market, Honda is most likely to silently retire the below average selling CB Trigger from its portfolio, with prices expected to be at a marginal premium in the Rs. 73,000-78,000/- range (ex-showroom).
Source – Bikewale