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Honda Motorcycles & Scooters India (HMSI) was the first two-wheeler brand in the Indian market to introduce BS6-compliant models. This was in the form of the Activa 125, introduced six months ahead of the BS6 emission deadline.
Now, with the BS6 emission implemented, the company has updated its official website featuring only the BS6 compliant models. This means that the CB Hornet 160R, XBlade and the CBR 250R have been removed from the lineup.
While Honda is expected to update the CB Hornet 160R to comply with the BS6 updates, the remaining two models might not. The CB Hornet 160R is a popular offering in the brand's lineup, bringing in high volume sales consistently every month.
The two other models, however, failed to create the same success. Hence it is very likely that both the XBlade and the CBR250R have been discontinued from the Indian market for good.
Honda has already introduced three BS6-compliant motorcycles in the Indian market: Unicorn, CB Shine and SP125. The CB Hornet 160R will soon be an addition to this lineup. The BS6-compliant CB Hornet 160R could use the same 162cc engine which powers the Unicorn.
This 162cc single-cylinder air-cooled BS6 engine on the Unicorn produces 13bhp and 14Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The 2020 Honda CB Hornet 160R could feature the same engine. However, its launch will not take place anytime soon, due to the current coronavirus lockdown in the country.
Honda recently also removed the Grazia and the Aviator scooters from their website. Both scooters failed to receive the BS6 update ahead of its deadline of 1st April 2020. Now, with the country under lockdown, the updates to both scooters will happen only after the market gets back to normal - here are the details.
Thoughts On HMSI Removing Multiple Products From Their Official Website
The BS6 emission regulations strictly suggest that no BS4 vehicles can be sold post 1st of April. Hence, keeping this in mind, it only makes sense for Honda Two-Wheelers India to remove the non-BS6 models from their lineup.
Honda, however, isn't the only manufacturer to update their official websites. Multiple other companies have also removed multiple non-BS6 models from their lineup as well.