Leoncino launch plan in order, 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. It was only confirmed by DSK Motowheels, erstwhile partner of Benelli later. In fact they even started testing it locally.
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Leoncino was to launch in India in 2017 but with the breakup with DSK, things started looking blurry. However, the new Benelli (under partnership with Mahavir), will launch Leoncino as the first all-new product for the domestic market. Autocar reports that they intend to officially put it on sale within this financial year.
And there is a change – initially the scrambler was to be brought here in only the on-road version but now it will make way in two variants – standard as well as the off-road specific Trail version with spoke wheels and knobby tyres. Here is how it 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.