If the year 2014 was anything to go by, 2015 should be an exciting year for both two-wheelers manufacturers and consumers alike. In the following year, the market will most likely witness a bigger shift of focus from mileage-consious commuters to convinience-oriented scooters and sub-400cc performance bikes.
Without any further ado, let's take a closer look at all the bikes and scooters that are touted to be launched in India in 2015:
The long-awaited update to one of the most popular performance bikes in India is most certain to be launched in 2015. From test mules that were sighted on public roads, we know that the Pulsar 150NS will look akin to its 200cc sibling (pictured here), albeit sans the rear disc brake. An uprated 150cc engine pumping atleast 15 bhp is expected, given the specifications of its current segment rivals
Expected Price – Rs 75,000 (on-road)
Another product from the stables of Bajaj that seems to have been testing for an eternity is set for launch the following calendar year. The SS200 looks just like the SS400 that was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in New Delhi earlier this year. While it is expected to carry the same mechanicals as the naked Pulsar 200NS, the SS200 will come fitted with goodies such as projector headlights, and even ABS. The SS200 will also feature different chassis geometry compared to the 200NS, to suit its sporty intent.
Expected Price – Rs 1,30,000 (on-road)
Hero will be launching the Dash automatic scooter in the country in 2015. The scooter will come equipped with a powerful 110cc engine, along with a host of other practical touches like linked brakes, a side-stand indicator, USB mobile charger, service due indicator, and a light to illuminate the underseat storage. With the launch of the Dash, Hero will have covered the three major target groups, young women, and men, and families, with specific products. This should help the company consolidate its already-strong position in the Indian scooter segment.
Expected price – Rs 60,000 (on-road)
The liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine may only displace 250cc, but according to the official spec sheet, it produces 31 bhp and 26 Nm of torque. In this day and age, that figure may not seem like much, but at a paltry 139 kg, the HX 250R weighs substantially lesser than its other fully-faired rivals, the KTM RC 200, the Honda CBR 300, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. This means that Hero’s first quarter-litre motorcycle will definitely not be lacking in the performance department. The HX 250R was developed in close collaboration with Erik Buell Racing, so one can expect top-notch dynamic characteristics. The bike looks quite good too. If priced right, Hero could very well have a winner on their hands.
Expected Price – Rs 1,60,000 (on-road)
The replacement for the popular CBR 250R has been long overdue. The CBR 300R sports completely new styling inspired by the larger CBR 1000RR Fireblade, which makes it look aggressive, compared the previous generation’s VFR 1200F-derived lines. The engine, increased to 286cc, now outputs 30 bhp and 27 Nm of torque. Like its predecessor, the 300R should be adept at touring long distances, and with the extra power on tap, it should be a whole lot more fun to ride too.
Expected Price – Rs 2,25,000 (on-road)
Hyosung has been having a good run in the Indian market. While the company has consolidated its space in the 650cc + segment, it lacks a strong offering in the sub-400cc space. That’s where the GD 250N comes into the picture. It’s a naked bike, equipped with a 249cc single-cylinder engine churning 27 bhp and 24 Nm of torque. While it is a street-focused motorcycle, given the power and torque figures, we reckon it’ll make a fair tourer too. The GD 250N looks striking too, guaranteeing attention from other road users. If priced right, it could become a serious rival to the KTM Duke 200.
Expected Price - Rs 1,50,000 (on-road)
The final production version of the Mojo 300, Mahindra’s first performance motorcycle, is expected to be unveiled in the first half of 2015. The Mojo is a streetfighter that looks to take the fight to established rivals like KTM, Honda, Hyosung, and Kawasaki. The bike sports a 300cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, with an output in the region of 27 to 30 bhp. As is the norm with Mahindra motorcycles, expect the Mojo to come loaded with premium features. Again, pricing will be a crucial aspect to the Mojo’s success – if it offers a good performance to price ratio, then it is likely to cause an upset in the segment. .
Expected Price - Rs 1,65,000 (on-road)
Yamaha is expected to launch the YZF-R3 in India by the end of 2015. Unveiled in October this year, the R3 is a mid-range sports bike, powered by a 321cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that’s good for 41.5 bhp and 29.6 Nm of torque. Yamaha has also focussed on everyday usability, which provides the bike with a relatively upright riding posture. While it may not be as track-focussed as the R6 or the R1, it should handle pretty well around corners, and could also be used for the daily grind without so much as a flinch. The R3 slots right between the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the KTM RC 390 in terms of specifications, but performance should be on an even keel. We only hope it is priced accessibly, unlike the Ninja 300.
Expected Price - Rs 3,25,000 (on-road)