Priced at ₹ 42499, Cliq is a perfect blend of practicality, versatility and value for money.

Honda had, a while ago, promised us with four all-new models in the coming year and looks like they are on a roll to fulfil it. Targeting a 20% growth in volume, the Indian leg of the Japanese brand, Honda 2Wheelers has invested a tune of ₹ 1600 crore in new capacities and 4 new models it plans to launch in FY-18.

The brand launched the first model for the year and it’s a scooter christened as the Cliq. Positioned below the Honda Activa and the Dio, this scooter is also based on the same platform its siblings are. This scooter was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 which was dubbed as the Navi replacement. The edgy and sharp visual cues gave a lot of attractiveness and a bold outlook to the scooter. The production model, however, has a much more subtle outlook.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq. Exterior
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One of the largest motorcycle manufacturer, Honda, is firing on all pistons and doing tremendously well in pioneering many great technology and features onto the world streets. Now, they are getting busy in a run to stay as the world leaders by introducing newer models to their line-up and getting a fresh breed of motorcycles for us to grin about.

The Clique is a rather oddball looking scooter that is said to focus on rural and semi-urban customers. At the front, it takes cues from the old Honda Dio that houses the large AHO headlamp unit onto the body panel and interestingly gets a windscreen embedded within the bodywork itself. Tucked behind it is the same is not your typical looking handlebar. Instead, it gets an upright handlebar used on the commuter motorcycles with a box hiding the central connection. The side panel gets a styling element similar to that of the Navi.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq. Exterior
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To give more practical usage, the Cliq has a wide footboard and sufficient under-seat storage capacity with a mobile charging socket powered by a maintenance-free battery. And for the first time, Honda has given the scooter block pattern tyres that are said to give extra grip on the patchy rural roads. Honda is also providing accessories such as a front screen, floor cover, box centre, cap cover, rear grip to go that extra mile of convenience.

Powering this Cliq is the same four-stroke, air-cooled, 109.2cc engine of the Activa that will run here without any substantial upgrade. There is nothing in this engine to be doubted for - this ultra-refined and reliable mill equipped with Honda Eco Technology (HET) belts out 8 bhp of power and 9 Nm of torque and comes mated to a belt-driven CVT transmission. It tips the scale at just 102 kilos which make it accessible to both male and female riders.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq.
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This scooter is built around an Under Bone frame and comes suspended via a hydraulic loaded spring suspension both at the front as well as the rear. Braking duties are via a 130 mm drum unit both at the front as well as the rear and has the Honda’s trademark Combi-Braking System (CBS) with Equaliser safety feature on it.

The Cliq will be manufactured at the company’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan and will be available in four colour options: Patriotic Red with White, Black, Moroccan Blue with White, and Orcus grey. You can either opt for the standard or the Deluxe variant that gives users a splash of graphics on the body panel. Currently available only in Rajasthan for ₹ 42499, the Cliq will be made available pan India by this festive season.

Honda launched a new scooter focused at the up-country customers. The Cliq. Exterior
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Sagar Patil
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