By Dennis Chung
Honda has updated its lineup of PCX scooters with new frames, new engines and traction control. For the Japanese market, Honda will include a 124cc version (simply called the “PCX”) while the PCX 150 sees a displacement increase to become the PCX 160. Honda will also offer the PCX e:HEV hybrid electric version which combines the 124cc engine with an electric motor in Japan.
At the moment, the updated PCX models have only been announced for Japan, but we expect American Honda to replace the PCX 150 in its lineup with the new 160 model. The 124cc model will likely continue to be offered in Europe, but the hybrid model will likely remain exclusive to Japan.
Visually, the new PCX is an evolution of the previous design, keeping a familiar profile but with some sharper edges. The seat height remains at the same 30.1-inch level as the 2020 PCX, while the foot boards have a new, longer shape. For the PCX and PCX 160, the underseat storage area now holds 7.9 gallons, compared to the previous model’s 7.3 gallons. On the PCX e:HEV, the lithium-ion battery takes up some of that storage space, reducing its capacity to 6.3 gallons.
The 2021 model range received a new four-valve “eSP+”, replacing the line’s previous two-valve “eSP” engine. Honda increased the size of the intake and throttle body diameter for improved efficiency, while the internal structure of the exhaust was optimized with a new catalyst design. Honda also added a hydraulic cam chain tensioner, claiming reduced friction, noise and vibration.
For the PCX 160, the Single-cylinder engine has a 60.0 mm bore and a 55.5 mm stroke compared to the 149cc engine’s 57.3 mm bore and 57.9 mm stroke, …read more