It is very difficult for manufacturers to stay competitive in the extremely crowded commuter segment. Even highly reputed companies like Hero, Suzuki and Honda have to continuously ensure that their products are popular in order to achieve sales volumes. The most common strategy employed by these companies is to constantly update an existing product. This is precisely what Suzuki motorcycles have done with the Hayate. The Hayate, launched in 2014, was initially well received but started to experience a slight drop in sales in recent months. Ahead of the upcoming festive season, the bike has been mildly updated to give it an edge over its competitors.
The update includes cosmetic as well as mechanical changes. The salient features of the update include body coloured side panels and new graphics. Other changes to the bike include a maintenance free battery, tubeless tyres and a new adjustable rear shock absorber. The bike is available in 5 mainstream colours.
The powertrain remains unchanged on the updated Hayate. It continues to be powered by 113 cc engine that churns out a peak power of 8.3 bhp @ 7500 rpm and has a torque output of 8.8 Nm @ 5500 rpm. The bike is known for its reliability and comfortable riding position. The updated Hayate is priced at Rs. 54,601 (Ex-showroom Delhi)