Honda Xblade has been in the market for quite a while now. It gained some attention among the tourers and college goers but failed to hit the target usually Honda bikes make. Honda will be trying to grab attention by updating the ongoing Honda Xblade. It is expected to launch the 2020 Honda Xblade BS6 pretty soon. Let’s see what changes it can possess.
The 2020 Honda Xblade is expected to possess some of the aesthetic changes compared with BS4 counterpart. The headlamp unit is anticipated to be refreshed with LED DRL’s and other design elements. The body panels might have additional colour options and graphic updates. Overall character look is expected to remain the same as the BS4 counterpart.
The 2020 Honda Xblade might have some of the upgraded features. It is expected to get a new instrument console with some advanced and competitive features. The upcoming Xblade will include the engine kill switch, as it was seen on other BS6 updated Honda bikes. Other features will be retained from the ongoing Honda Xblade. The onsale Honda Xblade gets a comfortable seating arrangement for the rider as well as the pillion, it gets a nice sturdy grab handle, wind visor and many other features.
The engine is expected to be retained from the BS4 counterpart, however, with the BS6 regulated tweaks. The onsale Xblade has 162.71 cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine producing around 13.9 bhp and 13.9 Nm of peak torque. The 2020 Honda Xblade BS6 will possess a fuel-injection system and a BS6 regulated exhaust. The power is expected to have some drop over the predecessor, however, throttle response is expected to be better due to fuel-injection.
Hardware is supposed to be unchanged and might be retained from BS4 counterpart. The Xblade BS4 gets the diamond frame chassis, therefore seating posture of the bike is quite upright among the rivals, eventually it will have relaxed riding at long tours. The suspension duty is managed by telescopic suspension at the front and mono-shock suspension at the rear. The onsale Xblade comes with a 276 mm disc brake at the front and 130 mm drum brakes at the rear. The upcoming Honda Xblade is expected with dual-disc option, considering the competition. The brakes will be assisted by the single-channel ABS system.
Price is expected to have a hike of Rs 8,000-10,00 over the BS4 counterpart. For reference, the BS4 version costs around Rs 90,797(ex-showroom). It will be competing against TVS Apache RTR 160, Yamaha FZ ,Suzuki Gixxer 155 and upcoming Hero Xtreme 160.