Kawasaki Versys 300 discontinued in India? Or shall we expect its comeback after the return of the 2021 Ninja 300 BS6 since they share the same engine..?
Kawasaki officially announced the launch of what was one of the most awaited Adventure motorcycle in India – Versys 300, back in 2017. Everything look sorted apart from that most important number – its price!
At Rs 4.60 Lakh, it was ‘pretty’ expensive for what was on offer. And that sealed the fate for the model here. Its sales never took off and Versys 300 was a DoA (Dead on Arrival). Things were so bad for the ADV that it could hardly garner even single digit sales every month. In fact, for a lot of the months, Kawasaki shipped zero units of the motorcycle in the market.
Though we do not have an actual number of units Kawasaki may have sold in all these years, chances are that it may not have crossed that triple digit number! Along with sibling Ninja 300, the Versys 300 was also taken off from the market due to the fact that India moved to stringent BS6 emission norms in April 2020.
Last month, Kawasaki brought back the faired sportster with an updated BS6 compliant engine in India, raising a hope of the comeback of the 300cc Versys too, since both of them share the same motor. However, the question is – will it happen? Will Kawasaki re-launch the Versys 300? Or is it the end of the ADV for our market?
There is nothing that the maker has revealed on this very potent motorcycle, but if we look at the history, Ninja 300 was the largest selling motorcycle for Kawasaki and hence, the company took extra efforts to update an Indianised version to the stricter emissions. However, as we have already shared, Versys 300 never got off and with such a dismal sales record chances of its comeback are almost nil.
So, if we have to speculate, the Versys 300 may have been permanently discontinued and may not be in the company’s charter any more. But for all the company’s fans, Kawasaki continues to sell the midsize Versys 650 (along with its liter class sibling) in the Indian market. For smaller ADVs, you will have to look elsewhere…