Year 2018 seems quite interesting in terms of bike launches. We are in the second month of the year and India has already seen the arrival of multiple two-wheelers in the market. One prime reason is the Auto Expo 2018 in which several manufacturers launched their products. While there were many surprising launches that the auto enthusiasts did not expected at all, there were also some that didn't made it and made the audience wait further. The year 2018 will see the arrival of some highly awaited motorcycles like Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, BMW G310R and many more. Also, there will be focus on electric two-wheelers and hence, the coming months will also witness the launch of multiple electric and hybrid two-wheelers in India. Furthermore, the big bike territory will also see the entry of some noteworthy newcomers to maintain the excitement in the said space. Lets have a look at the top upcoming bikes that will head to our market in 2018:
BMW G310R, G 310 GS
At the Auto Expo 2018, BMW group India had announced that the G310R and G 310 GS motorcycles will be launched in India in the second half of 2018. Both the motorcycles share a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. The power and torque figures of the mill stand at 34 hp and 28 Nm respectively. While the BMW G310R is expected to be launched in India at close to Rs 2.2 lakh, the G 310 GS might set you back by around Rs 2.6 lakh (ex-showroom).
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, Continental GT 650
Among the most awaited launches of the year, there are surely the names of Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The two motorcycles made their global debut at the 2017 EICMA n Milan, Italy. The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 source power from a 648cc, parallel twin engine mated to a six-speed transmission system. The power and torque outputs of this engine stand at 47 hp and 52 Nm respectively. The new Royal Enfield 650 twins will be priced in India under Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hero XPulse 200
Hero MotoCorp has unveiled the XPulse 200 at Auto Expo 2018 and its price announcement will take place in the weeks to come. The company's adventure bike has replaced its younger sibling, the Impulse and it will offer some interesting features. The motorcycle uses the same 200cc engine that runs the Xtreme 200R. The Hero XPulse 200 has been assisted with featues like full LED headlamps, fully digital instrument cluster, dual disc brakes, placement for luggage panniers and a lot more. The new Hero XPulse 200 is expected to be launched in India at a price of close to Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom).
Hero Duet 125, Maestro Edge 125
Hero MotoCorp unveiled the new Maestro Edge 125 and Duet 125 automatic scooters at the Auto Expo 2018. The more powerful versions of the company's popular scooters will be launched in the coming days. One of the prime highlights of the new Hero Maestro Edge 125 and Duet 125 is the inclusion of company's patented i3s technology for fuel saving. The new Hero Duet 125 and Maestro Edge 125 look significantly bolder than the standard 110cc models. The two scooters will challenge the likes of Honda Grazia 125, Suzuki Access 125 and the recently launched Aprilia SR 125.
Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
Triumph Motorcycles will launch four new models this year. One of them is the new Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster. The motorcycle shares its 1200cc, parallel twin engine with the Bonneville Bobber. The new Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster gets features like a dual channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), multiple riding modes, switchable traction control, cruise control and a lot more.
2018 Triumph Tiger Range
Besides the new Speedmaster, Triumph Motorcycles will also launch the new 2018 Tiger adventure tourer range in India. The British motorcycle manufacturer has recently updated the Tiger 800 and Tiger 1200. The new Triumph Tiger 1200 is the company's most advanced adventure tourer yet and it has been updated with features like a revised engine, backlit switches, coloured TFT instrument cluster and a lot more.
Benelli Imperiale 400
Benelli has plans to launch the Imperiale 400 by mid 2018 in India. The motorcycle will directly compete with the likes of Royal Enfield 350 range of cruisers. The new Benelli Imperiale 400 gets its power from a 373.5cc, single cylinder engine mated to a five-speed transmission system. The motorcycle will make its entry to the Indian two-wheeler market through the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route and hence, it is expected to come at a competitive price of close to Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom).