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2020 Honda Rebel 300 and 500 Unveiled At EICMA 2019, Might Launch in India

2020 Honda Rebel 300 and 500 Unveiled At EICMA 2019, Might Launch in India

Snapshot: Honda’s Small cruisers, Honda Rebel 300 and Honda Rebel 500 likely to be launched and even manufactured in India.

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  • Honda Rebel 300 and 500 are cruisers.

  • Rebel 300 shares engine with CBR300R.

  • It might be manufactured in India for global export.

  • Will be sold through the Big Wing dealership network.

Honda unveiled the 2020 year models of the Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 at EICMA in Milan. The Rebel series of motorcycles is a cruiser style that follows the neo-retro format like the CB series of the street naked from Honda.

The Rebel 300 is powered by a 286cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. It is the same motor that powers the CB300R, a model that is already on sale in India. This engine generates 38 bhp and 27 Nm.

The Rebel 500 uses a parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that it shares with the CB500F that is sold in international markets. This motor generates nearly 46 bhp and 43 Nm.

The updates for both models for 2020 include a slipper clutch with assist that reduces effort at the lever by 30 per cent, a stiffer front fork with a different amount of fork oil, a new LED headlamp, seats with better padding, and an updated instrument cluster that now has a gear position indicator, and a fuel gauge. 

There is a possibility that Honda will choose to manufacture the Rebel twins in India to make their pricing extremely competitive. Manufacturing the Rebel 300 here will lower the sticker price for the CB300R, which will make it a very competitive product.

Doing the same with the Rebel 500 will give us a good shot at receiving the CB500F and maybe even the CBR500R and CB500X. 

The Rebel 300 will give Honda the option of competing in a very lucrative segment that is currently dominated by the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and has seen new entrants over the years, from the UM Renegade series to the Jawa Standard and most recently, the Benelli Imperiale 400. There is another upcoming competitor in the Jawa Perak, which is scheduled for launch soon. 

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