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Bajaj and Honda's BS6-compliant two-wheelers launched with price hike

Bajaj and Honda's BS6-compliant two-wheelers launched with price hike

Snapshot: BS6 compliance changes the engine and exhaust systems, hence the price hike. Bajaj Auto and Honda have increased the prices of its two-wheelers accordingly.

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  • BS6 Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 costs Rs 10,000 more at Rs 1.24 lakhs.
  • BS6 Honda Dio to cost Rs 7,000 more at Rs 59,990.
  • BS6 Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon, 150 Standard, and 150 Twin Disc to cost more by Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000.
  • BS6 Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon is available at Rs 68,762, costs more by Rs 6,500.

The BS6 emission norms take effect from April 01, 2020. All automobile manufacturers are racing against time to upgrade their existing BS4-compliant vehicles to meet the stringent BS6 emission standards. This process involves making changes to the engine and the exhaust systems, among others. Therefore, a price hike is inevitable.

Bajaj Auto and Honda have increased the prices of select scooters and bikes after upgrading the existing BS4-compliant vehicles to meet BS6 emission requirements.

Vehicle Model

New Price

Increase

Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon (Drum Variant)

Rs 68,762

Rs 5,178

Bajaj Pulsar 125 Neon (Disc Variant)

Rs 73,088

Rs 6,502

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Neon

Rs 85,920

Approx. Rs 10,000

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Standard

Rs 92,429

Approx. Rs 12,000

Bajaj Pulsar 150 Twin Disc

Rs 96,563

Approx. Rs 12,000

Bajaj Pulsar NS 200

Rs 1.24 lakhs

Approx. Rs 10,000

With these upgrades, the Bajaj Pulsar 125 models become BS6 compliant. The up-gradation includes the switchover to the fuel-injection mode from the existing carburettor mode. The exhaust system gets an overhauling, as well. Besides these changes, there might be a few cosmetic changes.

Apart from the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Bajaj has confirmed that the CT100 and Platina 100 have been upgraded to meet BS6 norms. Dealers state that that the updating is also over for the Bajaj Pulsar 220F. The BS6 emission norms stipulate that all bikes with engine capacities 150cc or more should have ABS. Bajaj had already upgraded its Pulsar 150 series with ABS nearly a year ago.

There can be a change in the engine performance and mileage after the upgrades. The details are not yet available, as on date.

The outgoing BS4 engines deliver the following performance today:-

Vehicle and engine

Power

Torque

Pulsar 125 – 124.38cc 1-cylinder 2-valve air-cooled

12hp

11Nm

Pulsar 150 – 149.5cc 1-cylinder air-cooled

14hp

13.4Nm

Pulsar 200 – 199.5cc 4-valve liquid-cooled motor

23.5hp

18.3Nm

The Bajaj Pulsar 125 provides fierce competition to the Honda SP 125 that comes in two variants, (Drum brakes – Rs 72,900, and Disc brakes – Rs 77,100).

In the meanwhile, Honda has launched its updated BS6-compliant Honda Dio. The BS6 upgraded vehicle costs around Rs 7,000 more than the outgoing BS4 models. On the engine front, the new BS6 Dio has the same 110cc engine available on the Activa 6G. This engine delivers 7.79hp of power and a torque of 8.79Nm. Besides, the vehicle gets a silent-start system, as well.

Vehicle Model

New Price

Increase

Honda Dio Standard

Rs 59,990

Approx. Rs 7,000

Honda Dio Deluxe

Rs 63,340

Approx. Rs 7,000

Other notable changes to the Honda scooter include a fully-digital instrument cluster. The side-stand down engine inhibitor comes as an optional arrangement. The features of the instrument cluster includes info about the range, fuel efficiency (average and real-time), and a service-due indicator.

The new Dio will be available in two variants, Standard and Deluxe, with the latter featuring an LED headlight, similar to that on the Activa 6G. The BS6 model comes with a telescopic fork and a 12-inch front wheel as compared to the 10-inch wheel on the outgoing BS4 model. Some of the other features include an external fuel filler cap that can be operated through a switch placed near the keyhole. The pass light switch is another feature on this scooter. All these features are already available on the Activa 6G. The new Dio is a bigger vehicle in comparison because it has a wheelbase extended by 22mm.

The Honda Dio will be available in a range of colours:-

  • Standard – Four colours such as Candy Jazzy Blue, Vibrant Orange, Sports Red, and Matte Axis Grey Metallic
  • Deluxe – Three colours, including the Matte Axis Grey Metallic, Matte Sangria Red Metallic, and Dazzle Yellow Metallic

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