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ZigWheels Exclusive: Honda CB Unicorn 150 now only for exports


The Honda Unicorn 150 has been replaced by the recently launched Honda Unicorn 160 in the Indian two-wheeler market. Production of the Honda Unicorn 150 has been stopped for the domestic market but Honda will continue to produce the Unicorn 150 for export markets

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Honda has ceased production of the Unicorn 150 for the Indian two-wheeler market. Honda has taken the above decision as the recently launched Unicorn 160 has been well received by consumers and the Japanese two-wheeler giant wants to concentrate on the Unicorn 160 in the domestic market. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, as the Honda Unicorn 150 has been present in the Indian two-wheeler market for close to a decade with just minor facelifts to sustain its presence in the 150cc market. With his announcement, Honda will now have three motorcycles in the 150cc segment. This includes the Honda Unicorn 160, Honda CB Trigger and Honda CBR 150R.

Prior to Honda confirming that production of the Unicorn 150 has been stopped for domestic market we had contacted a few dealers. The Honda dealers across various cities in India said that they had stopped taking booking for the Unicorn 150 as production of the bike had been stopped last month. Only a few dealerships had the Unicorn 150 on sale but in limited numbers and colour options as these were from the unsold stock. 

Honda Unicorn 160

The Honda Unicorn 160 can be labelled as a good replacement for the renowned Unicorn 150. Powering the new Unicorn 160 is a 163.2cc, single-cylinder motor producing 14.5PS at 8,000rpm and 14.6Nm at 6,000rpm. The difference in power output between the Unicorn 160 and its predecessor is 1.5PS and 1.7Nm respectively. Both the motorcycles employ a five-speed gearbox but the Honda Unicorn 160 is a significant 11kg lighter than the Unicorn 150. Talking about features, the Honda Unicorn 160 gets equipped with an all-digital instrument console, optional CBS (Combi Braking System) and the fuel efficiency increasing HET tech.  Honda claims a fuel efficiency figure of 60kmpl for the Unicorn 160. Talking about pricing, the Honda Unicorn 150 used to retail for Rs 66,739 while the standard variant of the Honda Unicorn 160 has been priced at Rs Rs 71, 924 (Standard) and Rs 77,178 (CBS Variant). Note: Prices are ex-showroom Delhi. 

HMSI issued the following statement to the ZigWheels query regarding the Honda Unicorn 150 production being halted, “The new CB Unicorn 160 not only carries forward the legacy of the iconic Honda Unicorn 150; but also gives fresh impetus to the 150cc-180cc segment. We regularly review our model mix to cater to evolving trends in customer preferences. The initial success and acceptance of the new CB Unicorn 160 has been encouraging and we are now focusing on increasing its domestic supply in a phased manner. Considering huge popularity of the CB Unicorn 150, it will continue to contribute to our exports.”

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