Following the announcement from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to make ABS mandatory for all cars and two-wheelers with a displacement of 125cc and above from April 2019, Indian motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto would begin to install ABS across its product range (with over 125cc engine capacity) as soon as from 2018. If the reports are to be believed then the company will begin this process by first updating its Pulsar NS 200 and anti-lock braking system or ABS would be available as a standard fitment. Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 will be available in the market only in the first quarter of next year. The government is also planning to switch to BS6 emission norms from 2020, and we wouldn't be surprised if the company also gets a fuel-injection engine on its Pulsar series of bikes.
Globally, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 is available with dual-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). However, India is likely to get a single-channel ABS. With the addition of new features and technologies, the cost of the motorcycle is likely to go up by about Rs 10,000 than the standard outgoing non-ABS model. It will compete with the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 200 and the KTM 200 Duke in the segment. These features are likely to be equipped on the more powerful Pulsar 220 too.
Besides these updates, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 will remain unchanged. It will be powered by the same 199.5cc, that develops 23.5 hp of maximum power and 18.3 Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The fully-faired motorcycle will also feature LED headlamp and body graphics. The disc brakes at both ends and ABS will be a part of the safety equipment, while the suspension includes 37mm telescopic at the front and a 'Nitrox'mono-shock at the rear.