After savouring success in the scooter space with Honda Activa, Honda 2Wheelers India aspires to further cater the needs of young urban audience with completely all-new versatile scooter. Being referred as an Advanced Urban scooter, it is aimed for the buyers that adore owning a stylish, masculine and powerful machine which is why Honda has introduced the sporty Grazia 125. As Honda calls it The World in a New Light, this new scooter is the seventh model in Hondas line up for the domestic market which is feature rich, sporty and contemporary. As the segment showed strong growth for the last few years, Honda brought in two new scooters – Cliq & Grazia in India that caters two different set of audience. Honda Grazia is targeted for the younger urban set of audience whereas Cliq attracts rural markets making it a practical commuter in that space. Will the new Grazia scooter be able to follow on the footsteps of Activa for creating its own space in the heart of younger audience?? Lets find out..!! Also Read - Indian Scout Sixty, Chieftain Dark Horse, Scout Bobber & Others Becomes Cheaper by up to INR 3 Lakh
Overall Design & Look: Honda Grazia scooter is undeniably a stylish looking scooter featuring modern design elements that makes it stand out in the crowd. Perfectly chiselled gives an angular and edgy appeal to the overall design which is quite bold yet crafted from a fibre body. Upfront, the rider is greeted by a dual tone front panel along with full LED headlamp cluster marking brands foremost attempt into the future with such technology seen on any scooter till date making it the first automatic scooter to get such technology. The cluster comprises total of 8 LED lights featuring 2 high beam and 2 low beam lights along with 4 LED position lamps making it a perfect combination of aesthetics and visibility. The main highlight is that the entire unit gets glows with the position lights been put on. The side indicators are neatly positioned just above the headlamp unit giving a proportionate look to the front profile. Also Read: Honda Grazia 125 Scooter Launched; Priced in India at INR 57,897 Also Read - Tata Zest Premio Launched in India at INR 7.53 Lakh; Will Rival Maruti DZire, Honda Amaze
The fully digital instrument panel is also one step forward into the future as far as the technology is concerned. It comes with 3 step eco speed indicator which defines the riding condition of the scooter along with mileage indication that keeps the rider aware of his riding style as well as mileage. The cluster shows vital details via speedometer, tachometer, clock, odometer, trip meter and fuel indicator. The scooter gets 4-in-1 lock system which is accompanied by easily accessible seat opening switch that ensures opening of the seat on real quick. It also comes with company badging at the sides for the first time in Honda scooters. Also Read - Hero Super Splendor Launched in India, Priced at INR 57,190
The sporty appeal of the scooter continues at the rear too, as it gets stylish split grab rails along with elegantly chiselled tail light assembly. The rear section of the scooter seems to be heavily inspired from Honda Dio. The overall fit and finish of plastic parts, panels and other elements is at par considering the fact this is Hondas flagship offering in India. The overall proportion of the seat is very identical to Activa 125 as the seat sits higher by 1mm. There are minimal difference in terms of dimensions, however, the wheelbase and ground clearance are same that of Activa 125.
Engine and Performance: Honda Grazia borrows its engine from the previous flagship model – the Activa 125 which carries a 124.9cc, fan cooled, 4-stroke BS-IV compliant engine. The engine seems to be slightly peepier than the one seen on Activa 125. Being equipped with Honda Eco Technology, the scooter is designed to meet the expectations of the Indian consumers proffering the best-in-class mileage and power. The scooter develops maximum power of 8.52 bhp at 6500 rpm with peak torque of 10.54 Nm at 5000 rpm with the help of CVT gearbox giving a sense of smooth ride. Honda claims that the scooter can proffer an average of around 50kmpl.
Ride and Handling: Catering this quotient, the Grazia scooter is designed ergonomically which is portrayed as advanced urban scooter that obeys to your command as the day progresses. The upright seating position on the scooter gives an easy access to the handlebar that ensures a better control on the scooter while turning or filtering through the traffic. The scooter can be manoeuvred easily because of its wheelbase of 1260mm which is exactly the same as that of Activa 125. Ensuring smooth and easy ride for the rider there is a Telescopic suspension fitted at the front and Spring Loaded Hydraulic Type setup at the rear addressing the comfort aspect. The best part is the scooter performed stress free while cruising at 70 to 80 kmph or while revving the engine till the top speed of 90kmph.
Moving further to the braking, we got our hands on the top end unit which is fitted with 190 mm disc brake at the front and 130mm drum brake at the rear that provide an excellent braking feedback under emergency situations. Further assisting the deceleration functionality is a CBS with equalizer reduces braking distance for stopping the scooter. All-new alloy wheels accentuate sporty character of the scooter as it comes with MRF Zappers tubeless tyres whereas the standard model gets Ceat tyres with steel rims.
Convenience and Storage: Well this could be the plus point for the new Grazia, as this urban stylish scooter has to offer plenty of storage spaces intended to attract new breed of buyers. A front glove box along with 12V mobile charging socket is also provided for charging smartphone on the go. Moreover, 18-litre storage space under the seat is also available that can be availed for storing tit-bits like small luggage, helmet, water bottles and more. Keeping the conventional scooter appeal alive, Honda has retained the hook which is placed just below the seat which can be used for easily storage access.
Verdict: With 6 scooter models already in its portfolio, the new Grazia is certainly a next step forward in Hondas innovation of clocking 20 percent sales with this new scooter. Being intended for the urban audience, the new Grazia is priced at INR 57,897 for the standard version while fully equipped unit is priced at INR 62,269 (All Prices ex-showroom Delhi) which is a great value for money proposition with the number of features being offered in the 125cc scooter segment. As the overall body crafted from fibre which is a practical solution, some conventional buyers generally tends to opt for a metal body over the fibre counterpart. The consumers looking to own Honda scooter other than the Activa, Grazia definitely will on their list.
Photography: Charanpreet Singh