Leoncino launch before TRK 502 in India…
Benelli Leoncino was first unveiled with TRK502 and others at the 2015 EICMA. DSK Benelli did NOT showcase it at the 2016 Auto Expo in India nor did they talk about its Indian plans back then.
A few reports speculated that the motorcycle is destined for our market but it was only confirmed when Bikewale quoted a word from Shirish Kulkarni, Chairman of DSK Motowheels. Very recently it was spotted testing in India for the first time by a Youtuber CarReisen followed by a video spotting by ScoopMeister. And in an update the motorcycle has again been spotted by a Facebook group DRC (featured image).
The motorcycle is all-camouflaged and we can notice that ABS rings confirming that DSK will keep its promise of introducing motorcycles in India with ABS as standard. Those tyres are Pirelli and the side blinkers are LED units. The tail lamp is also expected to be an LED unit. The chunky upside down forks are visible and clearly, this is the more road-centric version on tests for India (which does not get off-road tyres and petal discs).
According to earlier reports Leoncino was to be launched in India by November, but Autocar updates that the motorcycle is currently undergoing endurance testing for ARAI certification which will get over by January 2018. And hence, Leoncino’s official launch is expected by February 2018.
Shirish Kulkarni has already said that India will get the on-road version which comes with street tyres. He elaborated that this scrambler will be a lifestyle motorcycle than a hard core ADV. Its off-road version is also under consideration but will be be brought if there is demand, later. Here is how the off-road version looks.
Now that the 399 cc Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is not coming to us, Leoncino will be the most affordable mid-size scrambler to be made available in India. It is powered by an all-new in-line twin cylinder 499.6 cc mill producing 46.9 bhp of maximum power and 45 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine which does duty on the TRK 502.
Leoncino is 2,100 mm long, 800 mm wide and 1,160 mm in terms of overall height. It has a seat height of 815 mm and tips the scale at 170 kilos. The fuel tank can store 15 litres of petrol. The front gets 19 inch wheels with twin discs while the rear carries 17 inch rubber with 150 profile tyres.
Leoncino Launched in Malaysia
According to Paultan.org, Leoncino was launched in Malaysia recently at RM 29,678 which is about 4.55 Lakh in INR. ABS is standard and the motorcycle is Euro 4 compliant. Two colours are on offer – Vulcan Black and Leoncino Red. It gets a two year/20,000 km warranty.
Apart from TRK 502 which is coming to India early next year, Leoncino will also be an offering in the niche (scrambler) segment and if DSK Benelli can assemble it locall (chances are high) they may keep it at interesting price points (however, his ‘lifestyle’ statement makes us believe that they may NOT want to target too many volumes with it). Few days back at EICMA, Benelli unveiled TRK 251 – a very interesting single cylinder ADV which looks very suitable for India.