While some years ago, there were only the commuter bikes for the masses and the high-end premium motorcycles were mostly beyond reach for many, now the market has something for everyone. The year 2017 has already seen many exciting motorcycle launches, including Ducati Monster 797, Triumph Street Triple S, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and others. However, there is a lot more coming. Yamaha R15 may get a refresh, Bajaj is doing something new for the Dominar and the Pulsar RS, a bigger Royal Enfield Continental GT is also on the cards and we will see Hero stepping into the premium motorcycle segment. Along with all this, several new scooters are expected to make their way to the India market, with some of them being seriously offbeat. Most of these new two-wheelers are expected to roll out during the Auto Expo to be held in February 2018. Read further to find out:
Bajaj Dominar 200
Bajaj Dominar 400 was launched some time back and considering the positive response it garnered itself, Bajaj will very much be tempted to extend the Dominar series. The Dominar 400 is mostly adored for a big engine and a host of features, along with which it is a superb value for money. Now, the Pune based motorcycle manufacturer is planning to bring out its smaller sibling, the Dominar 200, which would cater to a larger audience. Expected price: Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom)
Bajaj Pulsar RS400
The Pulsar RS brand has been one of the most sought-after bike brands in the country. The bike Pulsar RS 200 has been massively famous because of ‘out of the box’ looks while delivering utmost comfort and performance at the same time. The brand is now hoping to step it up a notch by adding a bigger engine to it which will surely work wonders. The RS 400 was first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo and had gathered a lot of attention. Expect the same to be launched at a price tag of around Rs 1.4 lakh.
TVS Apache RR 310S/Akula
TVS Motors showcased the concept version of the Akula 310 at the 2016 Auto Expo and the motorcycle is now nearing its launch date. The full-faired Apache RR 310S has been jointly developed by TVS and BMW Motorrad and it will share its engine with the upcoming BMW G310R. The Apache 310R will be powered by a 313 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that will generate around 32 hp of maximum power and 28 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be paired to a 6-speed gearbox and is expected to give a fuel-efficiency of 36 kmpl. TVS Motors will manufacture the Apache RR310S at its Hosur facility and it is expected to be priced between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0
Yamaha will update their R15 with an improved engine and some cosmetic updates this year in India. The YZF R15 V3.0 will carry the same 149 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder engine, which also powers the current R15 V2.0 model, however, it will be tuned to churn out better power and will be paired to an improved six-speed transmission. The current model produces 16.7 hp of power and 15 Nm of torque but the new one is expected to produce around 19 hp. Expected launch: late-2017 Expected price: Rs 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom)
The GSX250R will be powered by a 248cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled petrol engine that produces a maximum power output of 24.7 hp at 8,000 rpm 23.3 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. When launched, it would compete with the likes of Honda CBR250 and KTM 250 Duke. Expected launch: December 2017 Expected price: Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom)
The HX250R will be the most powerful motorcycle in the homegrown brand’s stable. It will be powered by an all-new 249cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine with Dual Mode Fuel Injection system. Hero claims it will be capable of 0-60 kmph in 2.7 seconds. The engine will produce 31 hp at 9000 rpm. It will be a lightweight (139 kg) fully faired motorcycle and will come equipped with ABS. Estimated launch: December 2017 Estimated price: Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom)
The most affordable motorcycle from BMW Motorrad’s stable, the G310R is a naked motorcycle that was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and has since been one of the most awaited motorcycle in the country. BMW started its India operation by launching various products but didn’t launch the BMW G310R. It is powered by a 313cc engine, that produces 34 hp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque, paired to a six-speed constant mesh transmission. It will have a 300mm disc at the front and a 240mm rear disc assisted by dual-channel ABS. Expected launch: December 2017; Expected price: Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 lakh.
Royal Enfield Continental GT750
Royal Enfield Continental GT750 will be the flagship model in the company’s product portfolio and will be powered by a 750cc, parallel twin engine, which is expected to churn out 45-50 hp of power and about 60 Nm of torque. The unit is expected to be mated to a 6-speed gearbox and for further refinement, it will get a 270-degree crank angle. Royal Enfield Continental GT750 will share its design with its smaller sibling – the Continental GT, but may not carry the Continental nameplate. The Royal Enfield 750cc motorcycle is expected to be priced around Rs 4 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, the motorcycle will compete with the likes of Harley Davidson Street 750.
Aprilia SR 125
Aprilia is planning to launch the SR 125, a smaller version of the SR 150 scooter in India. The Aprilia SR 125 has already been spied on Indian roads, suggesting the company will launch the scooter soon in the country. The new SR 125 is likely to use a tubular steel frame and is expected to be powered by a 125 cc engine that will develop a maximum power of around 9.4 hp and will churn out a peak torque of 8.2 Nm. The rear will get split grab rails and ‘SR 125’ badging. The scooter is expected to be priced between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
TVS 110cc scooter
TVS Motor Company previously teased a new scooter on its official website and it is expected to be launched soon in the country. The teaser image only reveals the tail lamp of the upcoming scooter that resembles the Scooty Zest 110. The new TVS scooter is expected to be powered by the existing 109.7 cc engine that produces 8 hp of power at 7,500 rpm and 8.7 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox. The engine is expected to deliver a fuel economy of around 62 kmpl and will have a fuel tank capacity of 5 litres.
The new Piaggio Liberty will be the first scooter in the company’s portfolio that is expected to be priced below the Vespa range in India. The Liberty will be powered by a 125 cc unit that generates maximum power of 10 hp and 11 Nm of torque. The Liberty, sold in international markets, also features a single-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). However, the Indian-spec model might miss out on features like ABS and instead, offer it as an option along with a wide range of accessory options such as windscreen, anti-theft system, electronic alarm and Piaggio sound system.
Hero MotoCorp is considering launching the new Hero ZIR automatic scooter in the country soon. The Hero ZIR is likely to get its power from a 157.1 cc single cylinder engine that will deliver a maximum power of around 14.1 hp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 12.7 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The said engine is expected to offer a fuel efficiency of 110 kmpl and will have a fuel tank capacity of 9 litres. An electric starter, step-up and split seat options along with a pass light switch will also be a part of the feature list. The ZIR 150 will be available in three body colours, Red, Black and Blue and is expected to be priced around Rs. 70,000, ex-showroom.
Honda PCX 150
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s (HMSI) first premium offering in the two-wheeler market could be the new PCX 150 cc scooter. The Honda PCX was also displayed at the 2014 Auto Expo and was also imported to India for R&D (Research and Development) purposes. The Honda PCX is expected to be launched in the second half of 2017 at a price of around Rs 85,000, ex-showroom. The two-wheeler manufacturer already sells the scooter in the international markets and is powered by a 150 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine. The fuel-injected unit develops 11 hp of power and 14 Nm of torque. Honda might equip the PCX 150 with premium features such as LED turn indicators, front and rear disc brakes and a digital instrument console.