Benelli Leoncino launch will give India a mid-size scrambler which we believe could be priced at around Rs 4.5 Lakhs…
So, Benelli is becoming the next exciting motorcycle maker in India. With a renewed interest and a new partner, they have plans to bombard the mid-size motorcycle segment. With the recent introduction of TRK 502, we have already got in a fairly well priced, beautiful looking ADV but there is more in store..
At the recent event, Benelli confirmed that their next launch will be Leoncino scrambler in the coming few months. During DSKs times it was prioritised over the TRK and in fact, they had already started its road tests. But eventually, the TRK made way earlier.
Like TRK, Leoncino will also be launched in two versions – the road-spec as well as an off-road focused trim called as Trail. Both will be powered by the same 500cc twin cylinder engine of the TRK and which churns 47 PS of peak power and 45 Nm of max torque. It also gets 19-17 inch tyre combo and the difference between the two versions is that the Trails will get spoke wheels and knobby tyres.
At 170 kg, it is much lighter than the TRK and could become the most affordable scrambler, till you consider the extremely weird Royal Enfield Trials as one as well!
Now that we have an understanding of Benelli’s pricing strategy, we believe Leoncino will be priced more aggressively than TRK 502. A starting price tag of Rs 4.5 Lakh is what we believe should be apt and if they can undercut this, we will just be happier.
If this is still a tad too high for you, worry not as Benelli is also preparing their Imperiale 400 which will go onto become their most affordable offering in India. Good times lie ahead for this Italian company which is managed by Chinese Qianjiang Group.