BMW Motorrad has been eyeing a big chunk in the Indian premium bike market for quite some time and one of the key products from the brand in that strategy is going to be the BMW G310R. This bike is already on sale in global markets and it is being built locally at the German brand’s Indian partner TVS Motors’ Hosur plant in Karnakata. The bike will be launched in India in second half of 2018 and thanks to the local production we assume it will be priced very aggressively.
The BMW G310R comes with a very sporty and aggressive naked stance. It is the German premium bike brand’s entry level model and upon arrival, this bike will compete with rivals like Bajaj Dominar 400 and KTM Duke 390. The G310R made its India debut at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, where it garnered pretty good attention. It gets a very sculpted appearance visible from every angle.
Up front, the bike features a sharp and crafted looking delta shaped headlamp and there is a fully digital instrument cluster. The fuel tank comes with a very muscular appearance and it is equipped with a lowered position rider seat that offers comfortable riding experience along with great control over the machine. There is no split seat but, the pillion is stepped up and its narrow tail section sports split grab rails, LED taillight and a chunky exhaust.
BMW G310R runs on alloy wheels wrapped with meaty tyres. The bike gets disc brakes delivering stopping power at both wheels. There would be a 300 mm front disc brake and a 240 mm rear disc brake. It is not sure, if the India-spec model will get ABS as standard, but we can expect it to receive optional ABS. Suspension duty will be done by USD front forks and monoshock absorber at back. Interestingly, it shares the same engine as the TVS Apache RR 310S.
This 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and it is capable of churning out 34 bhp of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. The India-spec G310R is expected to be capable of running at a top speed of 144 kmph and it would deliver 30 kmpl of fuel efficiency. Expect this bike to be priced between Rs. 2.30 lakh and Rs. 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) depending on the non-ABS and ABS equipped variants.
Expected India Launch: H2, 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 2.30 lakh – Rs. 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
BMW G310 GS
BMW is clearly running to grab a significant chunk of the Indian premium bike market in coming days with its exciting products. The German brand is already preparing to introduce the G310R naked streetfighter model in the country market sometime in the second half of 2018. Alongside that, the brand will also launch its adventure tourer sibling G310 GS that has been already launched in several international markets.
The adventure tourer segment in Indian market is going to be a most happening category in coming months considering several models launching in this space. BMW G310 GS is going to be one important model among them. This bike is based on the same chassis as BMW G310R and it comes with a very aggressive stance. Like its sibling, this adventure tourer too is likely to be built locally at the Hosur plant of TVS.
In terms of design, BMW G310 GS takes inspiration from its bigger siblings BMW F700 GS and BMW R1200 GS. Apart from the chassis, the adventure tourer will share several components and engine with BMW G310R. It gets a sharp beak like front mudguard fitted to the front cowl. There is a sharp looking headlamps and a compact windshield as well. The fully digital instrument cluster adds zing to the bike.
BMW G310 GS sports a sculpted fuel tank adding masculinity to the bike. A low positioned rider seat is there offering great control over the machine and a comfortable riding stance as well. At the back, the narrow tail section of this bike features sporty split grab bar, LED taillight. Overall, the bike comes with a bold yet lean appearance. BMW Motorrad has designed it keeping the aerodynamic efficiency in mind.
On the powertrain front, the bike draws energy from a 313 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine coupled with 6-speed transmission. The engine is capable of churning out 34 bhp of peak power at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. Expect it to deliver impressive mileage. On the braking front, it will come equipped with disc brakes on both wheels and combined with ABS. Expect the adventure tourer to come priced competitively against its rivals like Royal Enfield Himalayan and KTM 390 Adventure.
Expected India Launch: Late 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 2.75 lakh – Rs. 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Bajaj Avenger 400
Bajaj has made quite a sensation with its Avenger series in the Indian market. Upon launch, the Avenger series became the most affordable cruiser models in the country market. Before Bajaj, no other two-wheeler manufacturer dared to launch an 150cc cruiser. Now, the homegrown bikemaker is aiming to launch a bigger engine powered Avenger that would be christened as Avenger 400. Expect this bike to arrive in the country market sometime next year.
The Bajaj Avenger 400 will come powered by the same engine that does duty in the KTM Duke 390 and the Bajaj Dominar 400. Upon arrival, this bike will certainly be able to challenge the Royal Enfield Classic models. Expect the Bajaj Avenger 400 to arrive with a design that is identical to the current Avenger models. However, it is not sure, if Bajaj will launch this bike in both Street and Cruise variants.
Bajaj has been eyeing to compete the Royal Enfield with its Avenger series and this is going to play key role in that strategy. Thanks to the more powerful engine and better performance, Avenger 400 will surely draw attention of the buyers. The bike would come with some premium design elements like fully digital instrument cluster instead of analog dials. Also, LED headlight, LED turn indicators and LED taillight could be the other elements in the model.
Bajaj Avenger 400’s power source will be the same 373.3 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DTS-I engine that is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. This engine is capable of churning out 34 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Expect the 400 cc cruiser to deliver impressive mileage.
Being a 400 cc cruiser, we might see the Avenger 400 coming equipped with disc brakes on both the wheels and there would be ABS on offer as well. However, the ABS would be available as an option, but not as standard feature. Expect the bike to come with improved quality materials compared to the current 150 cc and 220 cc Avengers. On the pricing front, this bike could arrive priced at around Rs. 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected India Launch: 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Suzuki Intruder 250
Inspired by the success of the Bajaj Avenger 150 models and demands from the local buyers, Suzuki has launched its Intruder 150 in India few weeks ago. The bike has received pretty good response and Suzuki has already started mulling the plan of launching a more powerful version of this bike that will be Intruder 250. While the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is yet to reveal any details about the launch of this 250 cc cruiser, we can expect it to arrive here sometime in late 2018 or in early 2019.
The Suzuki Intruder 250 would arrive wearing a different and more retro-styled design compared to the Intruder 150 available in the domestic market. Upon arrival, this is going to challenge the Bajaj Avenger 220 models that have become quite successful in the country.
Expect the Suzuki Intruder 250 to receive a retro cruiser styling that will include round shaped headlamps with chrome finished bezel. A chunky and fat fuel tank will be there, while the instrument cluster will sport analog dials and a digital display in that. Following the typical cruiser styling, it would feature low positioned rider seat and raised handlebars. The pillion rider seat will come with a split appearance and there would be an LED taillight at the back. However, we may also see the bike wearing the same guise as its smaller sibling Intruder 150.
Expect the Suzuki Intruder 250 to come powered by a 248 cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox that will be able to churn out 32 bhp of peak power at 7,000 rpm and 24 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. The 180 kg weighing bike will be capable of running at a top speed of 150 kmph.
On the braking front, the bike will be equipped with a 290 mm front disc brake and a 240 mm rear disc brake. There will be ABS on offer as well. For suspension duty, the bike will sport telescopic front forks and twin springs at rear. It will run on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with meaty tyres. Expect the bike to be priced around Rs. 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected India Launch: 2018 / 2019
Expected India Price: Rs. 2.40 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Suzuki Gixxer 250 (GSX 250R)
Suzuki has seen pretty good success with its Gixxer range in the highly competitive Indian motorcycle market. The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer is now gearing up to bring the Gixxer 250 in the country market that is christened as GSX250R. Adding this model to the portfolio will certainly add zing to the brand’s lineup. Also, this will strengthen the two-wheeler major’s hold in the country market. Expect the bike to be produced locally in the country and that will enable Suzuki to sell it at competitive pricing.
This quarter-litre fully faired sportsbike made debut at the 2016 EICMA in Milan and grabbed everyone’s attention there. Suzuki has already launched it in several global markets including UK, where it is sold at around Rs. 3.5 lakh. Upon arrival in India, this bike will lock horns with rivals like Mahindra Mojo, KTM RC 200, Benelli TNT 25 and Honda CBR 250R.
Suzuki GSX 250R draws energy from the same engine that does duty in Suzuki Inazuma, which was available in Indian market at Rs. 3.10 lakh, but couldn’t etch desired sales result. However, now, the premium bikes are experiencing increasing demand and Suzuki GSX 250R is expected to be successful here. It draws design inspiration from the bigger siblings in Gixxer lineup.
It is still not confirmed whether Suzuki will bring it here as CKD units and assemble locally, or the production will be done here. The bike appears with a very sculpted and fully faired look. It gets sharp headlamp, fully digital instrument cluster and muscular fuel tank. The split seats, lowered rider seat, narrow tail section, LED taillight and chunky exhaust are the other design elements available in this model.
It gets power from a 248 cc liquid-cooled engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of churning out 24.7 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 23.3 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Expect the 178 kg weighing bike to deliver around 30 kmpl of fuel efficiency. For braking duty, it will get disc brakes on both wheels combined with ABS. Expect this bike to be priced at around Rs. 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected India Launch: 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar RS400
If we talk about the popular high performance bikes in India, Bajaj certainly deserves a distinctive place with its Pulsar range that has catapulted the brand to a new height. The Pulsar range comes with wide number of products ranging between 135 cc and 220 cc. Above 200 cc segment, the RS200 and AS200 have received pretty good response thanks to their sporty styling and of course the superior performance.
Now, the homegrown bike manufacturer is working on a new Pulsar that is to be christened as RS400. It will come as the flagship model in the Pulsar range. Earlier, the Dominar 400 was thought to be the potential Pulsar flagship model, but it turned out to be a model with a different badge. Speaking about the Pulsar RS400, it seems to be a perfect model for the young age buyers of the country who seek a modern international quality sportsbike with high performance and affordable pricing.
Speaking about its design, we can expect the Bajaj Pulsar RS400 to arrive with similar styling as the RS200. However, there would be some distinctive styling elements for sure that will make it different looking compared to the smaller sibling. Expect it to be sculpted looking and to carry high quality materials. Bajaj could introduce carbon fibre elements to this bike to add zing and premiumness.
On the powertrain front, the Bajaj Pulsar RS400 is highly expected to carry the same 373.3 cc liquid-cooled DTS-I engine that does duty in the Dominar 400. This engine is taken from the KTM Duke 390 and it is also going to power the upcoming Bajaj Avenger 400. Coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, the engine is well capable of churning out 34 bhp of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Expect impressive fuel efficiency from this bike.
As a test mule was spotted in the country, the bike will run on alloy wheels. On the braking front, Bajaj Pulsar 400 is expected to receive disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. It will surely receive ABS, but it is not sure if the ABS will be offered as standard measure or as an option. Suspension duty could be done by USD front forks and multi-step adjustable rear shock absorbers. Overall, Bajaj will surely try to lure the buyers with this model and it could be a major product for the brand both in domestic and in global markets as well.
Expected India Launch: 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. Rs. 1.75 lakh 2 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Honda is eyeing to grab the pole position in the Indian two-wheeler market by 2020 and it is betting big on the premium products alongside commuter models. The CBR range could prove to be a game changer for the brand and one of the upcoming models here is the CBR300R that will replace the ageing CBR250R.The bike has already replaced the 250 cc model in several global markets and it is expected to arrive in domestic market soon.
Interestingly, the production of Honda CBR150R and CBR250R has been suspended already and it is likely a move to make space for the upcoming CBR300R. Upon arrival, this bike is going to be a crucial product from the brand’s in the country’s quarter-litre bike segment. Upon arrival, the bike will lock horns with KTM RC390, Yamaha R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and TVS Apache RR310.
Speaking about the upcoming Honda CBR300R’s design, it comes with a very attractive fully faired sportsbike appearance. It features twin LED headlamps, a tall visor, a fully digital instrument cluster adding premiumness. A large fuel tank is there with chunky masculine stance. The bike sports a lower positioned rider seat and a stepped up and split pillion seat. Narrow tail section of the bike gets a LED taillight along with twin split grab rails. The long exhaust muzzle comes wearing shiny metal plating.
On the powertrain front, Honda CBR300R gets energy from a 286 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is expected to be capable of churning out around 31 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7,250 rpm. Expect the bike to come delivering generous fuel efficiency as well. On the performance front too, it won’t let the buyers complain.
The Honda CBR300R runs on sporty black alloy wheels. For braking duty, it relies on 296 mm front disc brake and a 220 mm rear disc brake combined with ABS. However, it is not sure, if Honda will offer ABS as standard with the India-spec model or as an option. Suspension duty includes 37 mm telescopic front forks and multi-step adjustable pro-link rear shock absorber.
Expected India Launch: 2019
Expected India Price: Rs. 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Benelli 400 Leoncino Scrambler
Italian premium bike manufacturer Benelli is trying to strengthen its grip in the Indian market with range of new products and one of them is going to be the Benelli 400 Leoncino Scrambler. This aggressive looking bike will enhance the brand’s strength in the country’s high in demand premium bike market. The bike is expected to launch in the country market in February 2018.
The Benelli 400 Leoncino scrambler comes wearing an aggressive guise that blends retro and modern design element together. This bike has already found its way in couple of major markets in Asia and India is going to be the next in lineup. The middleweight category bike comes sporting a large retro styled round shaped full LED headlamp.
It gets a digital instrument cluster adding premiumness. There is a chunky fuel tank with large capacity. It adds masculinity to the model and the bike comes sporting a long seat wrapped with Alcantara. The seat has been designed to offer the rider and the pillion rider a comfortable stance. Along with the wide handlebars, ergonomically designed seat will offer great control over the machine. The bike features a narrow tail section with compact and LED taillight. The bike runs on retro looking multi-spoke wheels wrapped with chunky and aggressive looking off-road focused tyres.
For braking duty, the bike relies on twin disc brakes on front wheel and a single rear disc brake. Expect the India-bound bike to receive ABS as a standard feature ensuring better safety for the machine and the rider as well. Suspension duty in this model will be done by USD front forks and there will be a monoshock absorber at the back. The bike would weight around 170 kilogram.
On the powertrain front, the bike will get 499.6 cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that is capable of churning out 48 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. Expect this bike to come delivering a long range without refueling thanks to generous amount of fuel efficiency and 15-litre capacity fuel tank. This bike could be priced between Rs. 4.5 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected India Launch: 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 4.50 lakh – Rs. 5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Hero MotoCorp is well known for grabbing attention with its interesting concept models and it has followed the trend at 2017 EICMA in Milan with XPulse adventure bike. As the bike appeared, it is basically a modified Impulse with a 250 cc engine borrowed from the Xtreme 200S, another much awaited model from the brand. The Hero XPulse adventure bike is likely to be launched in the country in August 2018.
Speaking about the Hero XPulse’s design, it comes with a rugged appearance. The bike gets round shaped LED headlamp with chrome bezel around it. There is a raised mudguard and a long windshield as well. This bike will feature a modern instrument cluster with analog and digital display. The Hero XPulse adventure bike gets a large fuel tank ensuring a long range for the bike without refueling.
The low positioned seat offrs comfort and good control over the machine. The pillion rider seat appears slightly lifted and there will be provisions for the hard luggage box fitment at both sides. A narrow tail section is there with split grab bars and LED taillight. The bike comes offering great ground clearance and there is a skid plate at the bottom protecting the engine block. Overall, the bike appears with a simple styling that is also attention catching. Upon arrival, this is going to cater to the buyers who seek an affordable quarter-litre adventure bike.
Speaking about its powertrain, the Hero XPulse adventure bike comes drawing energy from the same 200 cc single-cylinder engine that is capable of churning out around 20 bhp of peak power and 17.2 Nm of peak torque. This water cooled engine is the same unit that will be offered with the Hero Xtreme 200S.
For braking duty, this bike gets disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. However, it is not sure if there will be ABS on offer. Suspension duty in the Hero XPulse is done by conventional telescopic front forks up front and monoshock absorber at rear. The bike runs on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear multi-spoke wheels and they come wrapped with dual-purpose tyres. Expect this bike to be priced aggressively between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Expected India Launch: August, 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 1 lakh – Rs. 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Hero Xtreme 200S
Hero MotoCorp grabbed everyone’s attention at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo with its Xtreme200S concept. Since then, this bike has been at the centre of discussion among the enthusiasts. While it has been already quite late from the brand in revealing the production model, finally the brand is going to unveil it on December 18, 2017. It would be launched here in March 2018. No wonder, this going to be a very important product upon arrival in the domestic market.
Upon its launch, the Hero Xtreme 200S will lock horns with rivals like TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and Yamaha FZ25. Expect the bike to be priced very competitively. Speaking about the bike’s design, we can expect the production model of Xtreme 200S to closely follow the concept that was displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo. The bike comes with an interesting and eye-catching styling that makes it look like a sporty commuter.
The bike is likely to come sporting a large headlamp and there would be a digital instrument cluster. A large and muscular fuel tank will be there. It will also feature a low positioned riding seat, but there won’t be a split seat. The pillion rider seat will be slightly stepped up. A narrow tail section will be there with split grab rails and an LED taillight. The bike would come with a chrome finished exhaust muzzle. Overall, it would arrive pretty interesting looking.
On the powertrain front, the Hero Xtreme 200S will draw energy from a 200 cc single-cylinder, water cooled engine that is capable of churning out around 20 bhp of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 17.2 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox and it will deliver around 40 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
On the braking front, Hero Xtreme 200S will be equipped with disc brakes on both front and rear wheels, combined with ABS. However, ABS will be available as an option only. Suspension duty in this bike will be done by telescopic front forks and rear monoshock absorber. On the pricing front, Hero Xtreme 200S will be priced between Rs. 90,000 and Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), depending on non-ABS and ABS variants.
Expected India Launch: April 2018
Expected India Price: Rs. 90,000 – Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)