Honda’s Royal Enfield enemy, Rebel 300 patented in India
The entry-level cruiser motorcycle from Honda will rival the likes of Royal Enfield Thunderbird in the country. The Honda Rebel 300 has been a fruitful product in numerous foreign markets. The introduction of new products has helped Honda largely in addressing a wide range of customers and it is looking to expand into premium segments where the demand and potential for more exploration exists. The entry-level cruiser space has long been flourishing courtesy of the ever increasing sales growth of Royal Enfield. Honda is likely to introduce the cruiser motorcycle in India by the end of 2018 or 2019. It will be a premium alternative to the Bajaj Avenger lineup and also a fitting rival to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350.
The Rebel 300 sports a flowing design with minimalistic looks. The exposed grill frame, flowing tank design and cruiser-style pail seat improve the appeal of the motorcycle. The Rebel 300 features a right mix of classic styling and modern equipment and will have a higher hand against the thumping Royal Enfield. The Rebel 300 draws power from a 286cc liquid-cooled, fuel injected single cylinder engine producing 27bhp and 26.9Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The Rebel 300 is based on the CBR 300R with identical components but with the cruiser design.
Honda is also expected to introduce the Rebel 500 at a later phase. The 500-cc cruiser draws control from a 471cc parallel-twin engine making 45bhp. Both the Rebel 300 and 500 sports indistinguishable bobber-style design. The Rebel 300 features 41mm forks at the front and dual rear shock absorbers at the rear. Braking duties are handled by discs at both the ends. Honda will also offer ABS as an option. The overall build quality will be top-notch, which could be the selling point of the motorcycle.
The entry-level cruiser motorcycle segment is quickly growing in the Indian market. Now, Honda is all set to introduce the Rebel 300 in the country to challenge the segment leader Royal Enfield. We expect Honda to introduce the Rebel 300 with a price tag of around Rs.2 lakh to Rs.2.3 lakh. The Japanese auto giant could also debut both the Rebel 500 and Rebel 300 at the 2018 Auto Expo in February.