Honda Grazia 125 BS6 vs BS4: Differences Explained
For a premium of around Rs 13,600 over the launch price of the 2019 BS4-compliant Grazia, the BS6 iteration offers more than just an eco-friendly motor
Honda has finally launched the BS6-compliant Grazia 125 in the country at a starting price of Rs 73,912. That’s a premium of Rs 13,616 over the launch price of the 2019 Honda Grazia BS4. So what exactly does Honda offer in this greener iteration?
Check out the price list (ex-showroom Delhi) of the Honda Grazia 125 BS6 and its comparison with the BS4-compliant version in the table below:
While the premium is quite considerable, it is worth noting that inflation also plays an important role in driving up the prices. Honda also seems to have removed the mid-spec variant, presumably for brevity’s sake. Now, the base (Standard) variant gets all the bells and whistles as the top-end (Deluxe) version except for the Idling Stop System, front disc and alloy wheels. More on the features in the coming paragraphs.
When Honda launched the BS4 Honda Grazia, it was the first scooter both in the 110cc and 125cc segment to have an LED headlamp. The scooter was packed with other nifty features like an apron-mounted compartment with an integrated, optional USB charger, 3-in-1 lock switch on the apron, 3-Step Eco Speed indicator to give the riders a fair idea of how efficient their riding style is, and a fully digital instrument cluster with a tachometer.
Now with the Grazia 125 BS6, Honda seems to have fixed all the BS4-compliant model’s shortcomings and even given it more features. The BS6-compliant version finally gets an external fuel filler cap, which can be operated via the 3-in-1 lock switch on the apron. It retains the apron-mounted storage compartment. The scooter also gets a fully digital instrument cluster but this time around, there’s a little inset which shows useful data like distance-to-empty, real-time and average mileage, apart from the regular trove of information. It also gets a 3-step Eco Speed Indicator as before. Other major additions are the silent starter and the Idling Stop System like the Honda Activa 125. Instead of the Idling Stop System, the base variant gets an engine kill switch. The new Grazia 125 also features a side stand indicator with engine cut-off function.
The Honda Grazia 125 BS6 shares its engine with the Activa 125 BS6. However, it is tuned slightly differently. Check out the power and torque differences in the BS6 and BS4-compliant Grazia:
The BS6 Grazia 125 may not be as powerful or as torquey as its BS4 sibling but this engine is well known for its supreme refinement. It also features several efficiency-enhancing technologies such as an offset cylinder, tumble flow, piston cooling jet, optimised crankshaft and piston weights. All these measures help in improving the efficiency and at the same time, keep the emissions low and the refinement levels high. The BS4-compliant Grazia has none of these technologies. The new Idling Stop System in the Grazia 125 BS6 should also help in extracting more mileage, especially in traffic-riddled roads.
Underpinnings and Dimensions:
The Grazia 125 BS6 gets the same telescopic front fork as its predecessor but the rear end now comes with a 3-step preload-adjustable single shock absorber like the Activa 125. The brakes and wheels are unchanged. The Standard variant gets a 130mm drum on both ends, with 12-inch front and 10-inch rear steel wheels whereas the Deluxe version comes with a 190mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum. This variant rolls on blacked-out alloy wheels of the same size as the base variant. The wheels are shod with the same 90-section front and rear rubber as before.
Despite the all-new tech-laden engine and emission-restricting components, the BS6-compliant Grazia has gained just 1kg. The 16mm extra ground clearance should come in handy while going over our notoriously bad roads.
The sharper design of the Grazia 125 BS6 also looks a lot sportier than before. It even gets a set of LED DRLs on the handlebar cowl and a ‘jet inspired’ redesigned tail lamp. But we feel that’s oddly reminiscent of the TVS NTorq 125. All in all, Honda seems to have made the Grazia a much well-rounded scooter in its BS6 iteration. However, at around Rs 80,000, the top-end variant is a bit too expensive for what it offers considering even the top-end TVS NTorq 125 Race Edition costs just as much as the base variant of the Grazia 125.