Honda has filed a new patent for the Indian market which appears to be the Honda Grom 125 motorcycle. The Honda Grom is quite famous for its compact dimensions and quirky design language. The brand has also upgraded the Grom in the international market which now adheres to the latest emission standards. Is the Japanese brand planning to bring Grom to India?
Well, in the past when it was reported that Honda might bring the Grom, we got the Honda Navi, a similar-looking motorscooter with the 110cc engine borrowed from the Honda Activa. But the motorscooter was not received well and low sales along with stricter emission norms made Honda discontinue the Navi in the Indian market. The brand now produces the Honda Navi only for exports.
If the brand is planning to bring the Navi back, it is speculated to come with an upgraded 125cc engine borrowed from the Activa. The Honda Grom, however, may look similar to the Navi but features a 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder, 2-valve engine with PGM-FI electronic fuel-injection system that makes 9.6 hp of power and 10.9 Nm of torque matched to a 4-speed gearbox with a wet multi-plate clutch.
The Grom also features 31mm inverted front forks, a swingarm-mounted monoshock suspension on the rear, a 220mm single disc with hydraulically operated calliper on the front and a 190mm single disc brake with a hydraulic calliper on the rear equipped with single-channel ABS for stopping power. The Grom comes with 12-inch Y-spoke cast aluminium alloy wheels with 120/70 front and 130/70 rear tyres.
Only time will tell if Big Red decides to bring the Grom mini-moto or the revamped version of the Honda Navi back to the Indian market, upgraded with a new powerful engine. Recently, the brand launched the 2021 Model Year Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports in the Indian market priced at INR 15.96 lakh ex-showroom. Honda has also hiked prices on the H’ness CB 350 in India. The CB 350 is now priced INR 1,500 more on the DLX variant and INR 2,500 on the DLX Pro variant.