The Indian Price of the Honda Navi Scooter Is Simply Ridiculous

Honda Navi with off-road tires 1 photo
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Around two months ago we presented to you Honda's Navi scooter, freshly unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo Show in Delhi. When Honda mentioned the Navi initially, everybody thought it was going to be another concept, but the scoot is slated to arrive in dealerships quite soon.
So far, we only know that the Navi will be offered in Honda's dealerships throughout India, but we still have hopes that international markets will get it too.

Closely related to the Honda MSX125 Grom, Navi is powered by a 110cc single-cylinder engine, and this should make it quite fun, especially when compared to the 50cc scooters. We still don't have the official tech specs, but most of the sources in the Indian market seem to indicate that the Navi can produce just under 8 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 9 Nm (6.6 lb-ft) at 5,500 rpm.

The Honda Navi appears to be able to load 3.8 liters (1 US gal) of fuel and if the 1.7 l/100 km (170 mpg) claim is anything close to real-life economy, then riding this scooter all day long will have an insignificant impact on the monthly budget.

Reportedly, the Honda Navi can do 80 km/h (50 mph). Not sure if this makes it a highway-legal two-wheeler, but this figure is more than enough for commuting, while its diminutive size will allow it to effortlessly streak through slow traffic and jams.

One of the cool things about the Honda Navi is that it comes in several flavors that respond to multiple rider expectations. We saw adventure-ready versions with crash bars, Navi equipped with knobby tires that can easily take on muddy trails or lockable cargo boxes, as well as street-ready models that look racy, and even a camo-livery one.

Now, the fun part - the prices. Indian sources mention that the Honda Navi will arrive in dealerships with a base price that is the equivalent of $600 or €520, while a Navi equipped with a full list of aftermarket accessories would sell for as high as $770 or €675. Can you imagine how many Navi units Honda could sell if they imported this two-wheeler in North America and Europe, even at a price that's twice as high?
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