Honda has reportedly patented a new Unicorn 150 for the Indian market. The bike was earlier relaunched in India, amidst popular demand, and they have recently realized that it would be bad to remove such a successful motorcycle from their portfolio (yes, just recently!). However, being in the market since 2005, its design has begun to show signs of age. This is where the new model (patented) comes in.
|Launch date||Q3, 2017|
Update: These patent Images might not be of the Unicorn 150
We might have jumped the gun a bit as these pictures might not be of a Unicorn facelift after all. We were following up popular reports and regrettably, didn’t do our research.
Its design is too different from the current Unicorn– Honda would have learned from the lukewarm response that the Hornet 160R got.
There is no Monoshock and front disc– Dropping Monoshock could be seen as a means to reduce the price but being a very defining feature of the bike (first in India), it’s hard to believe Honda would do such a thing.
Front disc brakes are a given for any 150cc bike but it is absent of the patent images
The earlier bit of the report:
Honda Unicorn 150 2017 is inspired from the CB150R
It unlikely that new CBR150r will come to India let alone the CB150R. However, Honda is trying to incorporate some of the latter’s design to one of the most popular motorcycles in the country- the Unicorn (similar to the Hornet). They might not be exact replicas but the similarities are definitely there.
The Unicorn 150 as a whole has got many changes (In fact, completely different) for the 2017 version. They have made it sportier but have left it acceptable to the commuter class. Its design is a blander version of the Hornet and CBR150r, something which Honda could’ve been aiming for.
The bike gets new, sharper headlamp unit as well as an aggressive fuel tank. The single, step-up seat has been retained but the rear, as a whole, has been made sharper. The bike also gets a sporty split grab rail.
Honda Unicorn 150 2017 engine and specification
Powering the new Unicorn 150 will be the same 149.1 cc air-cooled BS-IV mill, producing 12.73 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 12.84 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm (this might change slightly). Its engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
The bike comes with features like front drum brakes, telescopic front forks, AHO and CBS. It was the first production model to introduce monoshock in India but that might be dropped for a cheaper dual shock set-up (what?!). Also, the new Unicorn 150 will get 17” alloy wheels.
Honda Unicorn 150 2017 price and launch date
Though not confirmed, the new Unicorn 150 is likely to make debut in September-October. Price is likely to be reduced
*no official images are available yet