BMW G310 GS will enter the segment competing against Royal Enfield Himalayan
While the Indian two wheeler market is eagerly waiting for the G310R to launch within a few days, the German two wheeler manufacturer is developing another model for the country. The new model is going to be an entry level dual purpose model, the G310 GS. Interestingly, like the G310R the GS will also be manufactured in India.
The BMW G310R is being manufactured at TVS Motors’ Hosur plant, as per the collaboration pact between the two companies. The G310 GS is also likely to be produced at the same plant alongside the G310R. Once launched in India, the BMW G310 GS will enter the segment where we find two models present in the market – the Hero Impulse with 150 cc engine, and the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which was launched earlier this year.
The BMW G310 GS will be built to take on both the smooth roads and the rough terrains sans any road as well. Therefore, the GS is expected to come with sturdy build, tougher suspension, spoke wheels wrapped with on/off-road tyres. The powertrain for the G310 GS is very likely to remain the same with the G310R. Therefore, it will take power from the same 313 cc single cylinder liquid cooled engine, the power output may come different albeit.
The TVS Motors’ Hosur plant is manufacturing the G310R for both the Indian domestic market and the overseas markets as well. Expect the same strategy for the G310 GS also, and once launched, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is supposed to be its closest competitor in the Indian market, as the Hero Impulse comes with a smaller engine displacement.
Apart from the Himalayan the BMW G310 GS might pose threat to the KTM models in the country. Also, as being positioned between the Hero Impulse and the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the BMW G310 GS will appeal to many customers, who don’t want to buy the Impulse, and can’t afford the Himalayan, as the GS is likely to get an affordable pricing.
Source: Autocar India