The name ‘X-ADV’ has been trademarked by Honda. Does that mean Honda two-wheelers will fire up a new premium adventure scooter segment in India?
Honda Two-wheelers India has trademarked the name 'X-ADV', which leads us to believe that the Japanese two-wheeler maker will soon launch a new adventure scooter in India.
After BMW Motorrad, Honda will venture into the premium maxi-scooter market space. However, Honda has decided to go with an adventure-oriented scooter.
To begin with its look, with sharply chiselled body panels and minimum proportions, the X-ADV is a very futuristic looking scooter. To add to its appearance, the ADV will have spoke-wire wheels and dual-purpose tyres.
Despite the X-ADV being a scooter, the riders will have to swing their leg over the seat to hop on the saddle because the design includes a ‘transmission tunnel’ where you would usually find the footboard.
The cycle parts include upside-down forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. For braking, there is a twin-rotor setup at the front and a single disc brake setup at the rear. Other adventure friendly elements include an adjustable visor, all-aluminium bash plate, and knuckle guards.
The engine is a 745cc parallel-twin unit, which pumps out 57bhp and 69Nm. Unlike most scooters sold in India, the X-ADV doesn’t get a CVT but features a dual-clutch transmission, similar to what we have seen in the Honda Africa Twin DCT.
For now, there is no clarity if Honda is strongly considering the X-ADV for the Indian market or not; however, it will be a very bold move from Honda even if it decides to sell it via the CBU route, but then it will become a very expensive proposition.