Honda Rebel 300 is aiming to take Royal Enfield head-on: India launch inches closer - The Financial Express

Honda Rebel 300 is aiming to take Royal Enfield head-on: India launch inches closer

The development of the Honda Rebel 300 for India got halted earlier due to pricing constraints. Now with the company filing patent, it seems that everything is back on track.

By: | Updated: December 8, 2017 8:12 PM

The awaited Honda Rebel 300 retro motorcycle that is being developed to be a worthy challenger to the famed Royal Enfield 350 series of bikes will be launched in India in the coming months. According to some latest reports on the internet, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has recently filed a patent for Rebel 300 in India, hinting towards the start of the final stages of its development process. There have been rumours since long about the launch of Honda Rebel 300 in India but nothing concrete could be said till now as there was nothing except Honda's announcement to develop a Royal Enfield competitor. Now, with the manufacturer filing the patent, it can safely be assumed that the Honda Rebel 300 should be launched here in about two years from now. Earlier this year, Noriaki Abe, the CEO at Honda motorcycle business at global level revealed that a mid-segment motorcycle will be built in India and will then exported to other parts of the world. After that, Minoru Kato, who is the CEO and president at HMSI had indicated that the launch of Honda Rebel 300 is on a hold as the high pricing has become a hurdle in the way. Fortunately, with the filing of the patent, it looks like Honda has sorted the pricing issue from its end.

Having said that, the Honda Rebel 300 in concept form will most likely be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and the company might even showcase the bigger Rebel 500 at the biennial event. Reports suggest that the latter will make its way to India sometime later. The Honda Rebel 300 sources its power from the same engine that runs the CBR300R in the global markets. The 286cc, liquid-cooled engine develops a maximum power output of 27 hp along with a peak torque of 27 Nm.

As far as pricing is concerned, the Honda Rebel 300 is expected to be priced somewhere close to Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price, the motorcycle challenges the likes of Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Classic 350. Though Royal Enfield has had a long dominance in the segment, the upcoming Honda Rebel 300 can offer a worthy alternative to the REs to those who think that Royal Enfields are too common.

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