Husqvarna price should be as close as possible to the Duke 390…


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Towards the end of last year Bajaj officially announced that they will manufacture and launch the Husqvarna motorcycles in India by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Both the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, which are based on the Duke 390’s platform have been confirmed for our market.

However, few weeks later a snippet speculated that the launch of these Huskies has been pushed to 2020. And now, we have the motorcycles roaming around in Pune; Pics on this page credit Zigwheels and Motoroids. In a latest update, both the 401s were spotted along with old-gen Duke 390s in a video…

Presence of two Dukes may signify benchmarking or they may just be convoy vehicles but these Pilens appear to be lesser in road presence – they are too small probably?

In white colour is the Vitpilen 401 – the cafe racer version with clip-ons, dedicated seating posture and regular road-going tyres (could be Metzelers). In black is the Svartpilen 401 which is the scrambler version based on the similar platform. It gets a raised handlebar, upright seating posture and off-road tyres.

Most of the features – like the Bluetooth enabled fully digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS, slipper clutch and ride by wire, are expected to be shared with Duke 390. Both these motorcycles will sport the same 373 cc DOHC, liquid cooled, single cylinder motor, capable of belting out peak power and torque outputs of around 44 PS and 37 Nm, however, they will have different tunes, corresponding to the genre of riders they will be aimed at.

All spy pics credit

Husqvarna Price (Expected)

Bajaj/KTM has cleared that these will be locally produced and will be sold in India at ‘similar levels’ like KTMs, and hence logically, they should not cross the Rs 2.50 Lakh barrier. Based on the recent reviews, international media has not applauded the high pricing of these models. Check UK and USA pricing here.

The Vitpilen 401

They will be retailed through the existing KTM outlets in India and hence service and spare parts should not be an issue. Launch timeframe remains a speculation at this point but since the first test test mules are out, and that they are already being manufactured in Austria, we do not think it will take Bajaj a lot of time to make them India-ready.

You can read KTM-Bajaj’s announced plans with Husqvarna in 10 pointers here.

According to a recent update, Autocar reveals that these motorcycles are here for customer clinic. Basically, KTM wants to get feedback from prospect customers about these Huskys and what, according to them, needs to change (if anything).

..and the Svartpilen 401

Also Read: KTM RC250 Spotted Testing in Pune

With this development, we also await the first spotting of 390 Adventure which has also been confirmed for our market!

Husqvarna 401 Pics


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