With Suzuki Intruder being launched in India today, Bajaj Auto now has a competition in the cruiser space that it has never had before. Suzuki has joined the brotherhood and has priced its Intruder 150 at Rs 98,390 (Ex-Delhi) almost Rs 17,000 more expensive than Bajaj Avenger that costs Rs 81,459 (Ex-Delhi). But the proven engine borrowed from Suzuki Gixxer and more aggressive styling is what Suzuki Motorcycle is betting on to attract young buyers. Bajaj Avenger Street 150 has been in India for a while now and the new offering does have the styling and power to take on the market leader.
Suzuki seems to be understanding the way to impress Indian buyers, a proof of which is the Gixxer range. The Gixxer SF, for example, has a design inspired by the fully grown GSX-R1000. Hence, with a Gixxer SF, the buyer gets superbike looks at an affordable price. With a similar philosophy, the Intruder 150 is inspired by the Japanese brand’s full-size cruiser Intruder M1800. And what that has done is that the Intruder 150 looks unlike any other cruiser on sale in the segment in India. When launched in India, the Intruder 150 will go up against Bajaj Avenger series – 150 and 220. Choice in entry-level cruiser segment is going to get a wider for buyers with the new Suzuki cruiser, which should also help the brand gain better traction in the Indian two-wheeler market. Hence, we’ve gotten together a comparison between the Intruder 150 and Avenger, which has been a popular choice in the cruiser segment.
The Intruder 150 will certainly catch the attention as the overall design sets it apart from the rest. With design inspiration from the Suzuki M1800, the Intruder 150 looks like a substantially large motorcycle for a 150cc with bulging shoulder lines and a muscular tank. It features a relaxed riding stance and modern design cues to finish off that power cruiser look. It gets an LED headlamp and a floating instrument console similar to the Gixxer.
The Avenger, on the other hand, has a sleeker and simplistic design. The alloy wheels and black colour theme give it a touch of sporty. The Avenger 150 has traditional cruiser styling with a wide rear tyre and leaner front tyre. The Bajaj cruiser does not come with LED headlamp or a digital instrument panel, however, the two features may be made available on the 2018 model.
The Intruder 150 will be powered by the same engine that also powers the Gixxer, which is a 155 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that produces 14 bhp and 14 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a five-speed gearbox.
The Avenger 150 comes with a 149cc air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine that develops 14 bhp and 12.5 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm paired to a five-speed gearbox.
The Intruder 150 is comes with LED projector headlamp, a single-channel ABS, chrome finished twin-exhaust, disc brakes at up front and back, and telescopic suspension at the front and mono shock at the rear. The Intruder 150 is likely to come with black alloy wheels. The Avenger 150 comes with halogen head and tail lamp, analogue instrument cluster, telescopic front suspension and twin shock absorber at the rear. The Avenger 150 also has black alloy wheels but misses out on ABS.
Bajaj Avenger 150 currently retails at Rs 81,459 (Ex-Delhi). Suzuki Motorcycle has ot tried to undercut the Avenger but has gone over to position it at more premium level. It’s priced at Rs 98,340 (Ex-Delhi) and we still expect strong sales of this product. Suzuki Motorcycles aims to sell 5 lakh units (overall) during the ongoing financial year and this cruiser will help the company to achieve the sales its looking for.
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