New Bike Launches in India - Festive Season 2014

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By Jaichandran Jayapalan

 

 

The second half of 2014 has quite a few exciting bike launches lined up for Indian consumers. Let us take a closer look at what manufacturers have in store for us this festive season, here on ChooseMyBike.in!

 

 

Bajaj

 

Bajaj has been lagging in terms of sales all throughout 2014. In an attempt to check their declining market share, the company is all set to re-introduce the Discover 150 into the Indian market. The new Discover 150 will attempt to tap the entry-level 150cc commuter space, a segment that hasn’t seen much action in a long time. These bikes offer the convenience and power of a 150cc bike, while being priced at the level of a premium 125cc commuter. Until now, the only players in this segment were Hero and Yamaha, with their respective Achiever and SZ-series bikes. Two versions, a standard 150S and the 150F, which will come equipped with a half-fairing. The new 150 will replace the erstwhile 125 ST as the flagship model in the Discover range.

 

Bajaj Discover 125ST

 

Rumours are afoot Bajaj will also launch an all-new Pulsar series by the end of 2014. Having been without any significant update for more than half a decade, it is expected that the new Pulsars will feature styling that toes the same line as the 200NS, while incorporating major upgrades in the powertrain and chassis components, ensuring it’ll be more powerful and have better dynamic characteristics than the current line-up.

 

 

 

Bajaj Discover 150S & Discover 150F

 

Engine

150cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

14 bhp

Availability

August 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 65,000 - Rs 70,000

 

 

New Bajaj Pulsar 150 

 

Engine

150cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

16 bhp

Availability

October - November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 75,000 - Rs 80,000

 

 

Suzuki

 

Although Suzuki is one of the major contenders in the scooter segment, it hasn’t tasted the same level of success in the motorcycle sector. With the new Gixxer though, thing might turn brighter for the Japanese manufacturer. First unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo earlier this year, the Gixxer is a 155cc premium commuter that is set to take on the likes of the Pulsar 150 from Bajaj, and the all new FZ-Fi from Yamaha.

 

Suzuki Gixxer

 

 

Suzuki Gixxer 

 

Engine

150cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

14 bhp

Availability

August 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 75,000 - Rs 80,000

 

 

Hero

 

Being the market leader doesn’t seem to be enough for Hero MotoCorp. The company wants to cement its position at the top spot. In pursuit of this goal, Hero is keen to plug all possible gaps within segments with niche products in the entry-level end of the spectrum. Close on the heels of the Passion Pro TR, the company will be launching the 100cc Splendor Classic and the 150cc Xtreme Sports.

 

Hero Splendor Pro Classic

 

The Splendor Classic is a café racer styled version of the Splendor, and is aimed at youngsters who wish to ride a cool and unique motorcycle, one that is affordable to buy and efficient to run, while the Xtreme Sports is a sportier and more powerful version of the standard Xtreme. This bike targets consumers who want a 150cc bike that can be used for both commuting and occasional leisure rides.

 

Hero Xtreme

 

 

Hero Splendor Pro Classic

 

Engine

100cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

7.7 bhp

Availability

August 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 60,000

 

 

Hero Xtreme Sports 

 

Engine

150cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

15 bhp

Availability

August - September 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 80,000

 

 

KTM

 

In just two years since its introduction in India, KTM has endeared itself to hoards of bike enthusiasts in India. Mention affordable performance, and it is the first brand that would pop in your mind. The Duke twins offered acceleration and handling that was once the preserve of large displacement sport bikes, at around a fraction of the cost.

 

Performance aside, we are Indians, and when it comes to sporty performance bikes, the majority of us like it to be served with a full-fairing no less. KTM, having sensed this growing urge amongst the Indian biking diaspora, will bring in the RC200 and RC390, their latest line of mid-range sport bikes, into India by September 2014.

 

KTM RC200 KTM RC390

 

The RC200 and RC390 are mechanically exactly the same as the Duke twins, employing the very same engine and chassis parts, but aesthetically, they look worlds apart. Performance-wise, they should more or less similar, albeit with a higher top speed thanks to the presence of an aerodynamic full-fairing. The RC bikes will have a steeper steering rake angle and a shorter wheelbase, so the handling should be sharper than before.

 

If you want a bike that offers quick acceleration, track-focussed handling and has superbike-like looks, the RC200 and RC390 are the ones you should watch out for!

 

 

KTM RC200

 

Engine

199cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

25 bhp

Availability

September 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 1,80,000

 

 

KTM RC390

 

Engine

373cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

43 bhp

Availability

October - November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 2,40,000

 

 

Mahindra

 

Post the Stallio’s failure, not many thought Mahindra 2Wheeler’s would ever be able to make a mark in the Indian motorcycle space. How wrong they were! Not only did the company learn from their past mistakes, they actually developed a pretty good motorcycle with the Centuro. Now Mahindra is looking to keep the tide rising, and has planned four new launches by the end of 2014. The product offensive will include the highly anticipated 300cc Mojo, a new scooter, a new 150cc commuter bike, and a variant of the Centuro.

 

The Mojo, which Mahindra first showcased more two years ago, has been a long time coming. It is a performance streetbike that will come equipped with a 300cc single-cylinder engine, which we think should be good for around 25 – 30 bhp. The Mojo will compete against bikes like the Honda CBR 250R, the KTM Duke 200, and the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS.

 

Mahindra Mojo 300

 

Not many details are available about Mahindra’s new scooter and the 150cc bike. The scooter is speculated to be a replacement for the Duro DZ, and could possibly supersede the Rodeo RZ as Mahindra’s flagship scooter, while the new bike should mitigate the company’s lack of a contender in the lucrative but highly-competitive 150cc segment.

 

Mahindra Centuro  Mahindra Duro DZ

 

 

Mahindra Mojo 300

 

Engine

300cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

25 - 30 bhp

Availability

October - November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 1,60,000

 

 

Mahindra New 125cc scooter

 

Engine

125cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

8 bhp

Availability

October - November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 65,000

 

 

Mahindra New 150cc bike

 

Engine

150cc air-cooled single cylinder, carburetted

Estimated Power Output

13 bhp

Availability

November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 65,000 - Rs 70,000

 

 

Honda

 

Honda is currently the undisputed king in the Indian scooter space, and is almost snapping on Hero’s heels in the commuter market as well. There is one segment though, where Honda hasn’t accomplished as much yet - the sub-400cc performance bike segment. It does have an excellent contender in the CBR 250R, but off late, the competition has caught up and even surpassed it, in both performance and sales.

 

To counter this, the Honda is bound to launch the CBR 300R by the end of this year. Featuring a 30bhp 296cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, the CBR 300R will compete with the likes of the upcoming RC390 from KTM, Mahindra’s Mojo, and the Hyosung GT250R.

 

Honda CBR 300R

 

Also in the works is a new 160cc premium commuter bike. The new bike, which could be based on the CX-01 concept that the company showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, will help it bolster its position in this space. The new 160cc bike will be pit against the Yamaha FZ, the Hero Xtreme, the TVS Apache RTR 160 and the upcoming redesigned Bajaj Pulsar 150.

 

Honda CX-01 Concept

 

 

Honda CBR 300R

 

Engine

300cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

30 bhp

Availability

October - December 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 2,50,000

 

 

New Honda 160cc Bike

 

Engine

160cc liquid-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

17 bhp

Availability

October 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 90,000 - Rs 1,00,000

 

 

Yamaha

 

The Fazer is a highly acclaimed bike that has been praised for its styling and performance, not to mention its touring ability. Now, Yamaha is all set to launch an all-new version of the bike. The new Fazer is expected to incorporate the same 149cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine as the recently launched FZ-Fi, albeit in a different state of tune, to better suit its touring credentials. This time around, we expect the new Fazer will replace the current generation bike, contrary to what they did with the FZ series, where the previous generation bike is still sold alongside the new version.

 

Yamaha Fazer

 

 

2014 Yamaha Fazer

 

Engine

149cc air-cooled single cylinder, fuel-injected

Estimated Power Output

15 bhp

Availability

October - November 2014

Expected Price

(On-Road)

Rs 90,000 - Rs 1,00,000

 

 

Disclaimer: Some images in this article are not of the actual product, and are used for illustration purposes only

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