American Honda announced a revamped the PCX150 scooter for the 2019 model year with a new chassis, a revised engine and an ABS option. The 2019 Honda PCX150 will be offered for $3,699, a $100 increase over the 2018 model, while the ABS version is priced at $3,999.
The new PCX150 uses a steel duplex cradle frame instead of the “underbone” tubular steel frame of the previous version. According to Honda, the new frame improves stability. The front fork remains a 31mm telescopic unit, while the twin rear shocks receive tri-rate springs, are now situated further back and have 3.33 inches of travel (compared to 3.1 inches on the 2018 model).
New eight-spoke wheels are thinner and lighter than the previous five-spoke wheels, further helping to reduce the PCX’s overall curb weight to a claimed 289 pounds from 295 pounds. The new wheels also come with new, larger rubbers, with a 100/80-14 front tire and a 120/70-14 rear tire (compared to the 2018 model’s 90/90-14 and 100/90-14). The braking is comprised of a 220mm single front disc and 130mm rear drum, with ABS optional.
The new engine is actually a bit smaller than the previous unit. Honda reduced the bore by 0.7 mm to 57.3 mm while keeping the stroke at 57.9 mm. Few people would notice the difference in a reduction of 4cc to 149cc, but if it’s any consolation, the U.S. model is still larger than the version offered in Europe which only displaces 125cc.
Honda also added a larger airbox (achievable thanks to the new rear shock position) and revised the intake for smoother airflow. The engine is paired with Honda’s low-friction V-Matic automatic transmission.
Visually, the 2019 PCX150’s bodywork is curvier without venturing too far from the existing model’s look. The most noticeable change is to the front face with the new LED lighting. A large, central LED headlight is accompanied by a pair of long, upwardly-slanting LED turn signals. The new look was actually shown late last year when Honda introduced new electric and hybrid versions of the PCX for Asian markets.
Other features include LCD instruments, a helmet hook, 7.4 gallons of underseat storage, a smaller storage space in the dash, and 12-volt adaptor.
“Over the years, the PCX150 has earned a legion of followers through its mix of enjoyable performance and remarkable efficiency,” says Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “For 2019, Honda has expanded on that winning formula with a long list of updates that will appeal to an expanding audience. Lighter, more comfortable, and now available with optional ABS, this latest PCX150 will turn heads wherever it goes.”
The 2019 Honda PCX150 arrives in showrooms in July in a Bright Bronze Metallic color.
|2019 Honda PCX150 Specifications|
|MSRP||$3,699 ($3,999 with ABS)|
|Type||149cc liquid-cooled 80º single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Valve Train||SOHC; two valves|
|Bore x Stroke||57.3mm x 57.9mm|
|Induction||Fuel injection; 26mm throttle body|
|Clutch||Automatic centrifugal dry type|
|Front||31mm telescopic fork; 2.42 in. travel|
|Rear||Twin shocks; 3.33 in. travel|
|Front||Hydraulic w/ single 220mm disc; ABS optional|
|Rear||Mechanical w/ single 130mm drum; ABS optional|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||27º|
|Seat Height||30.1 in.|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||2.1 gal.|
|Color||Bright Bronze Metallic|
|Curb Weight||289 lbs.|