Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI), the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant, revealed the 2018 Activa 5G at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2018. This new model of the Honda Activa is expected to launch in near future. It will be a full model replacement of the Activa 4G and will likely cost marginally more.
Prices of the new Honda Activa 5G will likely start around Rs 52,000. Basically, the 5G is a minor facelift of the 4G, which means you get exactly the same engine and the same base design. However, HMSI has tried injecting some freshness into its highly popular scooter by giving it some new features and colours. Akin to its predecessors, the Activa 5G will offer a good mix of mileage and refinement. Here’s our new Honda Activa 5G vs Activa 4G comparison to highlight the 5 important things you should know about the new scooter.
Honda Activa 5G vs Activa 4G: Looks and Design
Like we said, the Activa 5G is merely a minor facelift of the earlier version. Hence, the base design of the scooter remains exactly the same. That said, there are a few styling updates that make the new scooter look slightly fresher and more stylish. These updates include a new LED headlamp with integrated daytime LED running lights and chrome garnishes to spice up the things a fair bit. In the side profile, the only change is in the form of the new 5G badges. Other than this, there’s absolutely nothing to tell the new and the old scooters apart.
Honda Activa 5G vs Activa 4G: New Colours
The Activa 4G has been available in as many as 7 colours – Black, Imperial Red Metallic, Trance Blue Metallic, Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Pearl Amazing White, Majestic Brown Metallic, and Matte Selene Silver Metallic. The Activa 5G will get two new colour options – Dazzle Yellow Metallic and Pearl Spartan Red. It’s not known if the two new colours will be an addition or a replacement for two of the earlier colour schemes. Still, it’s pretty much for sure that the new colours will enhance the visual appeal of the scooter by at least a slight margin.
Activa 5G vs 4G: Digital-Analog Instrument Console
Another highlight of the new Activa 5G is its digital-analog speedo cluster. In comparison, the Activa 4G offers a fully analog speedo. For the 5G, HMSI has provided an analog speedometre with a multi-information display for the fuel indicator and the odometer. There’s also an ECO mode and a service due indicator. While not a big change, we are pretty sure that the new instrument console will enhance the appeal of the popular scooter.
Activa 5G vs 4G: New Features
While the new Activa 5G isn’t radically different from its predecessors, it’s actually the set of new features that make it more likable. These features not only contribute towards uplifting the styling but also make this automatic scooter more practical. One such new feature is the new seat lock mechanism, which is a part of the ignition lock system. Thanks to this new feature, It will be easy to open the seat as it can be done at the main lock system itself. This is a featre that was introduced by Honda in the new Grazia 125cc scooter. There’s also a new dual hooks arrangement to help you carry more stuff around. Other than this, the 5G comes with a LED headlamp with Daytime Running Lights. Being a LED unit, the new headlamp will put less stress on the battery than the halogen setup of the Activa 4G.
Activa 5G vs 4G: Same tried-and-tested Engine
It’s said if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Following the same philosophy, HMSI has left the engine untouched. This isn’t suprising if you consider that the Activa’s engine has won a lot of brownie points for its refinement, frugality, and decent performance figures. Hence, the Activa 5G will launch with the same 110 cc, four stroke, fan-cooled petrol engine that powers the 4G. This motor benefits from HET (Honda Engine Technology), which helps optimize the mileage. The engine outputs a maximum power of 8 bhp along with a peak torque of 9 Nm. It comes mated to a CVT.