All two-wheeler manufacturers are updating their existing model range in India with BS-IV (Bharat Stage IV) emission norms. This move is due to the soon-to-be-implemented decision by the Government of India wherein t all the two-wheelers in India should be BS-IV compliantbefore 31st March, 2017. The two-wheeler companies are not only updating the ongoing model range, but will also launch new models this year with BS-IV engines. These would include launches from the commuter motorcycle segment to performance categories. In all, 2017 seems to be an exciting year for affordable yet performance motorcycling in India. Here are some of the upcoming motorcycles up to 250 cc in India in 2017.
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Suzuki Motorcycles will launch the Gixxer 250 or the GSX 250R in India and is expected to be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh, ex-showroom. The company has launched the upcoming motorcycle in Japan and is due for introduction in India by the second half of 2017. The new Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be powered by a 248 cc liquid-cooled engine that will produce 24.7 hp of power and 23.3 Nm of torque. The engine will also feature Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology and the motorcycle should deliver around 25 to 30 kmpl fuel efficiency. The transmission will bea 6-speed unit and the GSX 250R will be equipped with features such as a front visor, fairing and a sculpted fuel tank. The digital instrument cluster, clip-on handlebars and split seats will also be a part of the standard package. Expected Price: Rs 1.50 lakh, ex-showroom Expected launch date: mid 2017
Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0: After the launch of Yamaha YZF R15 V2.0 (Version 2.0), the two-wheeler maker is gearing up for the launch of the YZF R15 V3.0 (Version 3.0) in India. The company will update the R15 with an improved engine and some cosmetic updates. The upcoming Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 will get the existing 149 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder engine, which also powers the current R15 V2.0 model. However, the engine could be tuned to produce better power figures and will be paired to a 6-speed transmission. The current model produces 15 hp of power and 15 Nm of torque. In terms of cosmetic changes, the new Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 may have a revised full front fairing. Yamaha will also offer the motorcycle with dual LED headlamps, digital instrument cluster, lowered pillion seat height, redesigned exhaust, LED tail lamp, new alloy wheels at both the ends and new body colours. Expected Price: Rs 1.30 lakh, ex-showroom Expected launch date: mid-2017 (Image of Yamaha YZF R15 V2.0 for representation purpose)
Bajaj Pulsar 150NS: Bajaj Auto will launch the new Pulsar 150NS, the younger sibling of the 200NS, in India by mid-2017. The Bajaj Pulsar 150NS is expected to be priced around Rs 73,000. The upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will be powered by a 149.5cc twin-spark, four-valve air-cooled engine, similar to the Pulsar 150AS. The engine will produce 15 hp of power and 13 Nm of torque and will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The Pulsar 150NS will borrow its design cues from the 200NS. The new 150NS will feature a nitrox monoshock suspension at the rear, similar to the Pulsar 150AS. Other highlights of the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 150NS will include analogue-digital instrument console, 17-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels, electric start and kick start options. The motorcycle will also be equipped with LED tail lamp, backlit switchgear, underbelly exhaust, split seats and projector headlamps. The 150NS will not have a rear disc brakes and will get only a front disc brake only. Expected Price: Rs 73,000 Expected launch date: mid-2017 (Image of Bajaj Pulsar 200NS for representation purpose)
Hero Xtreme 200S: First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp will launch the Hero Xtreme 200S in the later half of 2017. When launched in India, the Hero Xtreme 200S will be the first 200 cc naked sportsbike by the two-wheeler maker. The Xtreme 200S is likely to be powered by a 200 cc air-cooled, single cylinder, engine that is expected to produce maximum power of 18.6 hp and 17.2 Nm of torque and will be paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle is also expected to receive new features such as dual-tone body colour, mudguards and alloy wheels at both the ends. The Xtreme 200S will feature split grab handles, LED tail lamp and analogue-digital instrument console. Expected Price: Rs 90,000 Expected launch date: mid-2017
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