Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched a new top-spec variant of the Honda Dio, called the Dio Deluxe. It is priced at Rs 53,292 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and is approximately Rs 3,000 more expensive than the base variant of the scooter. The Honda Dio Deluxe gets a bunch of new features for the extra money such as LED headlamp and a fully digital instrument console. The new four-in-one ignition key is also now offered on the Dio Deluxe. This is the same unit which is used on the Grazia. the 2018 Dio now gets a BS IV compliant engine and the auto headlamp on (AHO) feature.
The Honda Dio scooter now gets new graphics on the body, which make it look much funkier. The front apron has been slightly tweaked and the scooter now gets a dual-tone colour scheme as well. As far as equipment is concerned, the new Dio gets a mobile-charging port under the seat, a V-shaped LED light on the top of the front panel and a re-styled instrument console as well. The new Dio scooter also gets Honda's patented combi-braking system, tubeless tyres and a slightly wider seat. But the one thing that took us by surprise was the omission of telescopic forks up front and the non-availability of disc brakes even as an option.
Honda Dio Engine Specifications & Transmission
The 109.2cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine powering Dio is good for maximum power of 8bhp at 7000rpm along with peak torque of 8.91Nm at 5500rpm.Mated to a V-matic transmission, Dio is claimed to offer top-speed of 83km/h. Moreover, the HET technology equipped engine is claimed to deliver impressive mileage.
||Fan Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine
||8 bhp @ 7000 rpm
||8.91 Nm @ 5500 rpm
Honda Dio Features
Features available on Dio include a new 3D emblem, sporty body graphics, 18 litres of under storage space, wide seat, comfortable leg space in front, combi-brake system and tubeless tyres among others.
Honda Dio Braking & Handling
Braking force is derived from 130mm drum units in front and rear. ABS is missing in the model, but it features combi-brake system which brings front and rear brakes into action at the same time when rear brake lever is pulled.
Honda Dio Wheels & Tyres
Honda has used 90/100 sized tubeless tyres in front and back and the rim size is similar on both ends measuring around 10 inch.
Honda Dio Competition
The 110cc scooter faces stiff competition from a number of models including Yamaha Alpha, Mahindra Gusto, Hero Maestro and TVS Scooty Zest 110 to name a few.