TNN | Feb 15, 2016, 04.07 PM IST

The Navi's design borrows inspiration from Honda's Grom, a 125cc minibike.The Navi’s design borrows inspiration from Honda’s Grom, a 125cc minibike.
NEW DELHI: The highlight of the two-wheeler segment at the 2016 Auto Expo was the Honda Navi, a mini-bike that will create a new segment in the market. The Navi carries a sticker price of Rs 39,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi) which makes it one of the most affordable two-wheelers in the country.

Initially, Honda was working on a low cost commuter bike for the rural market but as time passed, officials came up with an idea for a mini motorcycle, something totally new to the Indian two-wheeler market. With this in mind, the Honda Navi was put together.

The Navi’s design borrows inspiration from Honda’s Grom, a 125cc minibike that the company sells abroad. The Grom is a proper motorcycle though, with a four-speed gearbox, while the Navi is more of a scooter under the skin, powered by the Activa’s 110cc engine and the very same CVT transmission. Honda claims the Navi will clock a top speed of 81kmph. In keeping with the tiny dimensions overall, it gets a small 3.8-litre fuel tank, which should offer efficiency in the region of 50-55kmpl in the real world.

Suspension duties are handled by telescopic forks at the front, while a spring-loaded hydraulic type suspension provides cushioning at the back.

Stopping power is taken care of by drum brakes at both ends.

Currently offering just a single variant, Honda will be adding three more variants to the Navi line-up later – the Navi Street, Navi Adventure and Navi off-road.

Keeping the young, urban buyer in mind, Honda will be offering the Navi in a multitude of pastel shades like red, white, green, orange and black. With its design and unique placement, the Navi doesn’t have any direct competitors as such in the Indian market currently, but it does have the potential to spawn a new segment of mini motos for youngsters.