2019 Honda PCX150 Announced

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

New engine, frame and optional ABS

American Honda announced a revamped 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 rubber – a 100/80-14 front tire and a 120/70-14 rear (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.

In Europe, Honda is offering a 125cc version instead of the 150 we get here. This image of the PCX125 from Honda Europe illustrates how the LED signals look when illuminated.

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)
Type149cc liquid-cooled 80º single-cylinder four-stroke
Valve TrainSOHC; two valves
Bore x Stroke57.3mm x 57.9mm
Compression Ratio10.6:1
InductionFuel injection; 26mm throttle body
IgnitionFull transistorized
ClutchAutomatic centrifugal dry type
Final DriveBelt
Front31mm telescopic fork; 2.42 in. travel
RearTwin shocks; 3.33 in. travel
FrontHydraulic w/ single 220mm disc; ABS optional
RearMechanical w/ single 130mm drum; ABS optional
Rake (Caster Angle)27º
Trail 3.3 in.
Length75.8 in.
Width29.3 in.
Height43.5 in.
Seat Height30.1 in.
Ground Clearance 5.3 in.
Wheelbase51.8 in.
Fuel Capacity2.1 gal.
ColorBright Bronze Metallic
Curb Weight289 lbs.
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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