The Auto Expo 2016—to be held from February 5-9 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR—will be bigger than ever, with most four-wheeler players participating. And even though a few leading two-wheeler companies like Bajaj, Royal Enfield and Harley-Davidson will be absent, we’ll see several new two-wheeler players at the event, including UM Motorcycles, DSK Benelli and Dhasan Moto. Here’s a list of five new bikes to watch out for at the Expo.
Benelli Tornado 302
Benelli, which already sells the TNT 300 in India, could bring the fully-faired version of the bike at the Expo. Expected to be priced over R3 lakh, this 300cc motorcycle will rival products KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3. Powering it is the same two-cylinder, 300cc engine that powers its naked sibling. This engine develops a power of 38bhp.
UM Renegade cruiser range
UM Motorcycles, a US-based player, is planning to launch three cruisers under its popular Renegade range. Known for offering affordable cruisers and entry-level sportbikes, UM Motorcycles had signed a strategic joint venture with Lohia Auto last year. Under the agreement, a new company named UML was formed with a 50:50 partnership. The three cruisers the company is planning to launch are Renegade Commando, Renegade Classic and Renegade Sport—all of which are likely to be manufactured locally at Lohia Auto’s plant in Kashipur, Uttarakhand.
TVS-BMW’s first product, the G310R, is expected to make its India debut at the Expo. The production-ready version of the 300cc motorcycle was revealed in November last year, and the same could be showcased at the Expo. The naked sportbike has been developed in Munich by BMW Motorrad with the help of TVS Motor Company, and it will be developed in-house at the TVS plant in Hosur, near Bangalore. The G310R features an all-new 313cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine.
Unveiled as a concept at the Auto Expo 2014, the production-ready version of the HX250R could be revealed at the upcoming Expo. Powering this quarter-litre, fully-faired sportbike is a 249cc, single-cylinder engine that, coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, develops 31bhp of power. Hero has developed this bike with the help of Erik Buell Racing (EBR), which it had acquired last year. If the company’s claims are to be believed, this bike will be able to touch the 100kph mark in less than 8 seconds with a maximum speed of 160kph.
TVS Apache 200
In August 2015, TVS Motor Company had announced it will launch two new products by the end of this fiscal. Although TVS hasn’t reveal the names, these are likely to be the Apache 200 and the new Victor. While the Victor will be a commuter bike, the Apache 200 will enter the fast growing 200cc segment. The Apache 200 is expected to take its design inspiration from the TVS Draken concept that made its debut at the Auto Expo 2014. Power will come from a 200cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, which could be a bored out version of the Apache RTR’s 180cc unit.