The year 2017 saw a number of two-wheeler launches in India and it has been a mixed-bag having some great introduction sand some average products too. The interesting part is that the country got to see some off-beat bikes and scooters with each one having its own USPs. The year started with the launch of Bajaj V12 commuter that helped Bajaj Auto earn more sales under its popular V umbrella. The company also launched the awaited Pulsar NS 160 and gave a fresh reason to the Pulsar enthusiasts to rejoice. The manufacturer seemed aggressive in its product strategies and also launched the ABS version of its NS 200 streetfighter. Honda wasn’t to be left behind and made its audience happy by launching two unique scooters under the sub Rs 1 lakh category. Lastly, Suzuki Motorcycle India ended the year on a good note as it came up with one of the most unexpected bikes – Intruder 150. In order to sum things up, here we bring a detailed description of all the bikes and scooters that were launched in India this year in the sub Rs 1 lakh category.
A few days back, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) launched its sporty offering Grazia in the scooter segment. The Grazia has the same 124.9cc heart borrowed from the Activa 125 with power and torque outputs of 8.5 hp and 10.5 Nm respectively. The scooter has been launched with some interesting features like full digital instrument cluster with an eco indicator, optional front disc brake, glove box up front with a mobile charger and LED headlamp that makes it stand high on the value-for-money quotient. The Honda Grazia can be yours at a starting price of Rs 57,897 (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is our opinion is pretty competitive.
Bajaj Auto launched the ABS version of its NS 200 streetfighter this year in order to make the bike more desirable and safer for the masses. In terms of powertrain and other features, the motorcycle remains untouched. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 ABS sources its power from a 199.5cc engine that produces respective power and torque figures of 23 hp and 18 Nm. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 can be purchased at a price of Rs 1.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Although the Bajaj Pulsar Ns 200 ABS costs a little over Rs 1 lakh, we have included this motorcycle here in interest of public safety as it comes equipped with an ABS.
One of the most interesting two-wheeler launches of 2017 includes the new Suzuki Intruder 150. The motorcycle takes its design inspiration from its elder Intruder siblings as it comes with the same curvacious language. Powering the Suzuki Intruder 150 is the same tried and tested unit lifted from the Gixxer 150 series. The 155cc, air-cooled engine churns out a maximum power output of 14.6 hp along with a peak torque of 14 Nm while transmitting power through a five-speed gearbox. The motorcycle has been offered with dual disc brakes along with a single-channel ABS for added safety and convenience. The Suzuki Intruder 150 is priced in India at Rs 98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi), making it a premium offering in the 150 cc cruiser space.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) launched its most affordable scooter Cliq that is primarily aimed at rural population. The scooter sources its power from the same 109cc engine that runs the company’s popular Activa. The scooter is offered with block pattern tyres that offer the higher grip on broken and loose gravel surfaces that are a common sight in rural areas. Other features include Combi Braking System (CBS), under seat storage with optional USB charger and a fuel gauge that is absent in the Navi. The Honda Cliq is currently priced in the Indian two-wheeler market at Rs 42,384 (ex-showroom, Delhi). If you wish to opt for extra graphics, you will have to spare Rs 500 more.
The Pune-based manufacturer launched the downsized version of V15 earlier this year. Christened Bajaj V12, the motorcycle gets its power from a 124.5cc engine mated to a five-speed gearbox. The engine manages to develop a maximum power output of 10.55 hp with a peak torque of 10.98 Nm. Prime features of this motorcycle include an optional front disc brake, removable rear body cowl, twin pilot lamps and a muscular cruiser inspired body styling. The Bajaj V12 is currently priced in India at Rs 56,960 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The highly awaited Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 was launched in India this year only to offer a more affordable option to the masses under its NS badging. As the name suggests, the motorcycle gets its power from a 160cc, air-cooled engine that has been linked to a five-speed transmission. The carbureted is good for developing maximum power and torque outputs of 15.3 hp and 14.6 Nm. In terms of styling, the bike looks exactly like its elder sibling Pulsar NS 200. Salient features include digital-analog instrument cluster, LED tail lamp and a sharp streetfighter styling. The motorcycle is priced in India at Rs 80,128 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Hero MotoCorp launched the next generation version of its best selling 125cc motorcycle Glamour in April this year. The 2017 edition is a major overhaul from its predecessor in terms of design and features. The new Hero Glamour gets its power from a 124.7cc engine mated to a four-speed gearbox. The motor is good for developing respective power and torque outputs of 11.4 hp and 11 Nm. Prime highlights include an aggressive styling, digital-analog instrument cluster, optional front disc brake and the company’s patented i3s technology for fuel saving. The new Hero Glamour is currently available at the company’s dealerships across India at a starting price of Rs 59,571 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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