Husqvarna is going to make its India debut later this year with Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401, both these models will be priced slightly higher than KTM 390 Duke
Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto, has confirmed that Husqvarna brand is going to make its India debut later this year but he didn’t confirm the exact time frame. When asked about products, he said that the company can launch as many as half a dozen products in the country without revealing more details.
Rajiv Bajaj also said that Husqvarna could become even bigger than KTM. The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will be first two products from the Swedish manufacturer coming to India. Both these motorcycles have been spotted multiple times in the Indian roads and they are based on the KTM 390 Duke platform.
But the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will be priced above the KTM 390 Duke series. The design of these motorcycles makes them stand out and it might help them to get a good start in the market. KTM is planning to shift the manufacturing of both Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 to the Bajaj’s Chakan plant in Pune.
The entry level models of KTM Duke series will also be manufactured at this plant and parts sharing of Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 with 390 Duke will help the company to reduce cost. They are planning to make India as an export hub for the Husqvarna brand also. Currently, these motorcycles are manufactured at the KTM plant in Mattighofen, Austria.
The Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 are powered by same 373.2 cc liquid cooled fuel injected engine producing 43.5 bhp of power and 37 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and it will come with a slipper clutch. The company has given disc brakes at front and rear with dual channel ABS system as standard.
Husqvarna will also offer ride by wire throttle system and these bikes get a trellis frame like the 390 Duke. Both bikes also come with LED headlamp and tail lamp with a fully digital instrument cluster. We can expect these bikes to be priced around Rs. 2.60 lakh (Ex-Showroom) and compete directly against upcoming Honda CB300R.