The cruiser segment has been steadily growing over the past few years and is now gaining popularity amongst the younger section of the society. Bajaj has acknowledged the importance of this segment by launching updated versions of its flagship cruiser-The Avenger. This low-slung motorcycle now comes in two distinct variants and gets a complete makeover.
Bajaj's Game Plan
The Avenger, although capable, was starting to show its age in terms of design and equipment. In the fast growing Indian two-wheeler segment, one can’t afford to lose top of the mind recall. Bajaj hopes to generate enormous interest in the updated Avenger by launching it during the festive period. The company is targeting long distance riders, who don’t want to burn a hole in their wallet, by offering an affordable cruiser motorcycle.
The new Avenger gets plenty of cosmetic upgrades to make it look unique and attractive. Bajaj have introduced a new logo for the Avenger series. There are 2 distinct variants of the Avenger 220-The Avenger Cruise 220 and the Avenger Street 220.
The Cruise 220 gets plenty of chrome, a wider back rest, a wider rear tyre, a raised handle bar, and a large windscreen (optional). In contrast, the Street 220 is devoid of chrome and has a grab rail in place of the back rest. It also gets a lower, flatter handlebar and a matt black/brushed silver finished paint job.
It’s safe to say that both the variants look much better than the old Avenger. Compared to the older Avenger, the new bikes get white headlights, clear lens indicators, and seats with dual density foaming.
Powertrain & Features
The new Avenger bikes will continue to be powered by the same engine used in the previous-gen Avenger. This 220cc, oil-cooled, single cylinder engine develops a peak power of 18.7 bhp and has a torque output of 17.5 Nm at 7000 rpm. The Avenger is equipped with a 260mm disc brake at the front and a 130mm drum brake at the rear.
Both the Avenger Street 220 and the Cruise 220 are prices at Rs. 84,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi). The cosmetic changes certainly make the Avenger more appealing than ever before. We were hoping for some changes to the powertrain as well, but sadly, Bajaj has not tweaked the engine. The two variants are very different from each other and cater to different tastes. Stay tuned for a full review of the new Avenger.