Bajaj Pulsar which has raised the bar ever since its launch in 2001 and a brand which brought affordable sports biking to the masses, has been at the receiving end with the increasing competition.
Now, thirteen years down the line, the Pulsar line-up is set to get a major overhaul. A major shift, which the company will expect propels it far beyond the reach of the competition. Bajaj has plans to launch a completely new Pulsar line-up which will stand something like this…
1. Pulsar 150NS:
Recently spied just a couple of days back, the upcoming Pulsar 150 Naked Sport (NS) looks like a smaller version of the 200NS. The all-new Pulsar 150 will sport mono shock absorbers, underbelly exhaust, triple spark technology, petal disc brakes and an expected power output of more than the current 15bhps.
The bike is expected to be launched by the festive season in India.
2. Pulsar 200SS:
This is going to be the faired version of the much loved Pulsar 200NS and the first fully faired motorcycle from Bajaj. The engine will be the same triple spark unit shared with the naked 200NS but it will get fuel injection in place of carburetor. Power output is expected to be slightly better but it should result in an increase in fuel efficiency.
The twin barrelled projectors with sharp fairing will surely look a cracker in full colors. The launch of the 200SS is being delayed for no known reasons, but we expect a final showdown sometime before the festive season, for sure.
3. Pulsar 200NS FI
Its only a matter of time before Bajaj launches the fuel injected Pulsar 200NS FI in India. The 200NS FI has already been released in a few of its international markets (like Turkey) recently. This is required considering the fact that Bajaj will need to distinguish the 200NS from its smaller siblings.
There are no significant changes expected on the power front but the throttle response is definitely expected to be crispier and smoother, plus the enhanced fuel efficiency should come as standard!
4. Pulsar 400SS:
Officially unveiled at the Auto Expo, this would be Bajaj’s flagship which will take charge of the premium segment. Though, it has been criticized of being a little too much, but it surely looks amazingly sporty and astonishingly macho!
It will house the same 373.2cc engine from Duke 390 but with triple spark plug technology and slightly lesser power. The analogue and digital combo on the instrumentation panel looks appealing. The Auto Expo model had Metzelers on them, as well as an ABS. though the later might just be available as an optional extra. The front had a normal round disc while the rear featured a petal one! Considering the way Bajaj is delaying the launch of the 200SS, 400SS’ introduction is unpredictable and may spill over to next year!
5. Pulsar 400CS:
A Sports Cruiser for India is just what the doctor ordered! Surprising everyone the Pulsar 400CS was unveiled at the Auto Expo and is possibly one motorcycle which hasn’t found any dislikers yet! Bajaj has gone bonkers with its design team and the 400CS looks absolutely awesome, without any flashiness anywhere!
It will have the same heart of the 400SS and an all-digital instrument console. Being a naked version, it will definitely be lighter and gets upside down front forks. Add to that the tiny stubby exhaust, and ladies and gentleman, we have a serious looker..a powerful one at that! Its launch is scheduled for sometime next year most probably by the second half of the 2015.
So, this is how the new Pulsar lineup will look like by next year. Yes, like you, we also have that one question – Will Bajaj update their Pulsar 180 as a Naked Sports or will it be discontinued?
The Pulsar 220 will definitely be axed as soon as its sales see a downfall. We are also clueless about the Pulsar 135LS as well. It will, in all probability, continue to be offered with refreshments and updates.
So, do you feel Bajaj will be able to strike back with these potent products against the competition? Which one are you waiting for?