In terms of actual launches, if the Auto Expo was a little disappointing, the period after it seems to be making up for it. Many motorcycles and scooters were unveiled before and within the show which are waiting to get launched in the market.
We list all of them which will be launched within this fiscal year ie by next month.
Mahindra Gusto 125:
- Launch Date: Within a few weeks
- Expected price: Rs 50,000 to Rs 53,000
- Competition: Access 125, Activa 125
Unveiled a few days ahead of the Expo, the elder sibling of the Gusto family gets a bigger 124.57 cc mill producing 8.5 bhp of power and 10 Nm of peak torque. The scooter also gets a few snazzy colours to distinguish it from the 110cc model. When we had asked the Mahindra management about its launch dates, the officials had hinted about an official launch days after the Expo. We expect the scooter to hit the market in the next few weeks at an expected segment-least prices.
- Launch Date: Very Soon
- Expected price: Rs 61,000 to Rs 64,000
- Competition: Yamaha SZ
The Pune based manufacturer chose not to be present at the Auto Expo and a couple of days earlier unveiled their new brand – V. The first motorcycle to make it to the markets is the V15 which uses invincible metal of now decommissioned India’s first aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant.
V15 comes with a new 149.5 cc 2 valve air cooled mill producing 11.8 bhp of maximum power and 13 Nm of peak torque which is greater than the older Pulsar 150 DTSi and equal to the Pulsar AS150. Expect sales to commence early next month.
Royal Enfield Himalayan:
- Launch Date: March 17 expected
- Expected price: Under Rs 2 Lakh
- Competition: None
Just like Bajaj, Royal Enfield also decided to abhor from the glamour of the Motor Show and unveiled their Himalayan just a day before the gala event. It becomes India’s first affordable proper adventure tourer. Powering the bike is an all-new 411 cc oil cooled mill producing 24.5 bhp of power and 32 Nm of peak torque. It also boasts of overhead cam and monoshock rear suspension setup, not seen in products by the brand. Going by the prospects, Himalayan could be the best this that could have happened to India this year!
Suzuki Hayate EP:
- Launch Date: Next Few Days
- Expected price: Rs 55,000 to Rs 58,000
- Competition: Honda Livo, Hero Passion
The evolved version of the Hayate with an EP suffix gets the same 113 cc engine and produces 8.9 bhp of power and 9.3 Nm of torque. The weight has been reduced by 7 kg (now 114 kg) and gets SEP treatment to the engine. It is an attempt by Suzuki to freshen up their dying 100 cc bike and let us see what it can deliver.
Yamaha Cygnus Ray ZR:
- Launch Date: May or may not launch by March
- Expected price: Rs 50,000 to Rs 57,000
- Competition: Activa, Maestro Edge
Yamaha’s only new offering for the masses at the Auto Expo, the Ray ZR gets a fatter body which is placed on the same 113 cc mill used in its existing line-up. It also becomes the first automatic scooter by the company to sport a front disc brake (which is expected to be optional). Yamaha says Ray ZR has been targeted at male buyers. Though they have not talked about its launch date, but considering that they have launched all the variants of their other motorcycles which were kept on display at the Auto Expo, ZR may hit the showrooms soon.
Apart from this, other motorcycles and scooters that will also be launched in the coming few months are..