The patent images of the Honda NX 200 which is slated for launch here has been leaked online
The NX 200 name which was patented by Honda in India last year is back again in news thanks to a new set of patent images leaked on the internet. It seems, Honda is gearing up to launch its first proper entry-level off-road adventure bike soon.
The bike looks heavily inspired from the current CB 200X on sale. The diamond frame, the 184 cc engine, and the box section rear swing arm seem to be a direct lift from the CB. But the front disc is placed on the left side. The rear gets a drum brake setup like the now-discontinued Hero Impulse.
Unlike the CB 200X, the front gets only telescopic shocks but the bike is now more off-road friendly with an upswept under-seat exhaust and spoke wheels. The biking fairing too looks slightly different from the CB with a tall visor and a new LED headlamp setup.
There’s a single piece seat ending in a luggage carrier unlike the CB’s step-up seat. The handguards look very similar to that of the CB sans the integrated indicators. From the side, the overall silhouette looks like the Africa Twin which is a good thing.
The rear tail light looks different but it seems to be an LED unit. The instrument cluster is also a fresh addition as it not only looks big but also has the feel of the current 390 Adventure’s cluster. Though the round rearview mirrors look out of place on a modern off-roader, they still look classy.
As the bike looks production-ready, we can expect the launch anytime soon. It will very well carry the NX 200 name as it marks Honda’s adventure legacy of the past.
The Japanese maker will also cut costs to the maximum extent possible for an aggressive price tag that’s slightly above the Xpulse’s Rs. 1.20 lakh ex-showroom price.
Currently, the 184 cc engine on the CB 200X produces 17 HP at 8500 RPM and 16.1 Nm at 6000 RPM. On the other hand, the 200 cc engine on the Xpulse produces 17.8 HP at 8500 RPM and 16.45 Nm at 6500 RPM. But the CB is a good 10 kg lighter than the Xpulse thereby negating the slight lack of horses.
Xpulse is setting the sales charts on fire in the last few months with more and more young people venturing into touring and off-road activities. Honda NX 200 can definitively take a pie of those numbers if priced aggressively.