It hasn't been long that we first heard Suzuki was set to launch a new 150cc cruiser in India. We know when is it launching and now we've seen a production ready unit being tested on Indian roads. The image posted by Bikeadvice shows two of the fully kitted motorcycles during an ad shoot in Gujarat. The Japanese brand is likely to introduce a riders' group called the 'Urban Brotherhood' along with the launch of the Intruder 150 on 7th November. Suzuki has lately been striking a chord with motorcycles that would do well with Indian buyers, like the Gixxer range. And now a 150cc cruiser should up the ante for the competition, considering that cruiser style motorcycles are quite popular in India. The Intruder 150, in fact, will be distinctive looking cruiser compared to others available in the market since the design cues come from the full-size Intruder M1800R.
Suzuki Intruder 150 gets wide and chunky mudguard at the rear and large twin-exhaust mufflers adding to the aggressive design language of the motorcycle. The cruiser is expected to get the same chassis as on the Gixxer series of motorcycles, which is a diamond-type frame chassis and will help in overall weight reduction. The Intruder 150 is likely to measure 2250 mm in length, 900 mm in width and 1160 mm in height and will have a wheelbase of 1,460mm.
The overall appearance of the Intruder 150 makes almost difficult to believe it's a 150cc bike, owing to the large chunky body. But before we see it ourselves, let's not draw conclusions.
The Intruder 150 will be powered by the same 154.9 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke engine that also powers the Gixxer. The engine produces 14 bhp and 14 Nm. But the Intruder 150 will have better low down torque as the peak will kick in at 4000 rpm. The engine will be paired to a five-speed gearbox.
When launched in India, the Intruder 150 will go up against Bajaj Avenger 150, which delivers 14.3 bhp and 12.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. So, the Suzuki cruiser offers a better torque figure. Besides this, the Avenger has a typical cruiser style stance, whereas the Intruder 150 stands out because of design that comes from its big brother, and it will have a digital instrument panel. Although, we'll know how real this competition is when the price for the Intruder 150 is announced and is so far expected to be around Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom). The Avenger is priced at Rs 81, 459 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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