Suzuki motorcycles have finally got the formula for India correct, with their Gixxer range of bikes. Both the Gixxer SF faired and the Gixxer naked street-fighter are posting fairly reliable numbers as of right now. Which means that it is time for Suzuki to further their into the Indian market by entering another segment with the Suzuki GZ150( although the name is yet to be confirmed), an Intruder based Cruiser to take on the Avenger 150. The GZ150 is already on sale in Asian markets including Indonesia, China and Vietnam. Now Suzuki themselves have remained tight-lipped about the launch, but we think it’s safe to assume that the product launch on the 7th will be none other than the Gixxer. The Cruiser’s 150cc engine is likely to make 15.4 hp and 11.2 Nm of torque and will likely be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Since the GZ 150 is slated to take on Bajaj’s Avenger series we expect that it will be placed slightly cheaper than the Gixxer and the SF, and will likely be priced at between Rs 75,000 and 80,000. The Cruiser is likely to measure in at 2250 mm in length, 900 mm width and 1160 mm in height, and will have a wheelbase of 1,460mm. The low-riding saddle is likely to measure in at 710 mm with a decent 150mm ground clearance. The 137 kg kerb weight makes it lighter than the avenger, and the GZ150 will have a fuel tank capacity of 11.5 litres.
Now typically in India, low-capacity cruisers have rarely done well with the exception of the Avenger. Yamaha’s attempt with the Enticer is proof of that. However with its big-bike like the styling and chrome-y design, we think that the GZ might find a strong market in India, but we will have to wait till the 7th to find out for sure!
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