After the announcement of the debut of the 2018 Honda Monkey, which is based on the Honda MSX125 or Grom, as it known in some markets, it appears that the Monkey will be coming to Malaysia soon, the question being when. This was said to during an exclusive with Datuk Wira Tan Hui Jing, chairman of Boon Siew Honda.

During the conversation at the 2018 Malaysian Autoshow in Serdang, Tan said there are plans to introduce the Monkey, but will depend on various factors such as pricing, approvals and government regulations. However, Boon Siew Honda’s plant in Batu Kawan, Penang, is ready to start assembly of the Monkey, said Tan.

The new Monkey will use the air-cooled, single-cylinder which displaces 125 cc from the MSX and delivers a claimed 9.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm, fuelled by Honda’s PGM-Fi. Weighing in at 107 kg, the Monkey carries fuel in a 5.6-litre tank, closely styled to mimic the tank on the original Monkey.

Upside-down forks are standard on the 2018 Monkey, along with disc brakes front and rear. ABS is also standard fitment which is inertial measurement unit-based that helps prevent rear wheel lift under braking.

A circular LCD instrument panel with twin odometers is found inside the cockpit, with LED lighting all round. The current model 2017 Honda MSX125 retails in Malaysia for RM11,128.

Meanwhile, Tan also mentioned the 2018 Honda Gold Wing might make it to Malaysia in standard gearbox form with DCT automatic transmission as an option. He said the earliest it would come in would probably be the end of 2018 or early 2019, but again, factors such as pricing and approvals will play a part.

Other possible new models for Boon Siew Honda in the near future also include the possible introduction of a Honda e-scooter, possibly the Honda PCX Hybrid, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017. The PCX Hybrid will certainly be an interesting introduction to Malaysian roads, coming with a hybrid petrol/electric drive and swappable batteries.