The neo-retro craze has captivated much of the motorcycle market in the last couple of years and it looks like that trend is seeping into the scooter segment as well. While there are many options for retro bikes with the likes of Triumph and Ducati Scrambler making splashes in India, the options for retro scooters are rather limited. The Piaggio Vespa and the Yamaha Fascino are the only two scooters currently sold in India that fall under this category. But Honda is looking to change that with the Honda Metropolitan.
According to reports, Honda has recently patented the Metropolitan scooter in India which hints towards an upcoming launch in the next year or so. Although the information about the engine and other details of the Honda Metropolitan in India are yet to be disclosed, we can expect it to be powered by the same 109 cc engine used on the very popular Activa.
This Honda scooter had been introduced to other markets around the world way back in 2002 and was sold as Metropolitan in the United States, the Jazz in Canada, the Scoopy in Australia and Asia, and the Crea Scoopy in Japan. The foreign version of the Metropolitan is powered by a meagre 50 cc engine but the focus for this scooter was always on its retro design rather than its power figures.
Honda look to have devised a rather interesting strategy for expanding in the Indian bike market; Instead of going head-to-head against their rivals in established segments, Honda have decided to introduce two-wheelers in new segments of their own. This was evident with the release of the Honda NAVI which is the first moto-scooter to be sold in India. Following the success of the NAVI, Honda will be looking to gain a foothold in the retro scooter segment as well where the competition is rather less.
Although it is too early to comment on the pricing of the Metropolitan, various reports indicate that Honda would be looking to market it as a premium product.
What do you think about the Honda Metropolitan? Does it look better than the Vespa or do you still prefer the iconic Italian scooter more? Let us know in the comments below.