So the older-gen Pulsars are getting updated. This will serve three purposes – one, it will obviously freshen the ageing lineup, two, it will bring them back to headlines and three, most importantly its a compulsion for Bajaj to make them BS4 compliant otherwise they will not be able to sell them from 1st April 2017.
Currently, we follow BS3 pollution norms for two-wheelers and all motorcycles will have to convert or perish once the BS4 norms kick-in next year. And after announcing them a couple of months back, Bajaj has started teasing the new 2017 Pulsar range at their Facebook page.
Just to clarify, the new 2017 Pulsar range will include updated Pulsar 220, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 150 as we believe. All the three motorcycles have been revealed and we know that there are not many design changes apart from the new stickers that the company has stashed on.
- 2017 Pulsar 220: Going by the reveal, it gets black livery with red graphics, new black exhaust and blue-backlit instrumentation console. It has to be a BS4 mill and let us hope there is slightly more power on tap. Check pics of 2017 Pulsar 220
- 2017 Pulsar 180: It also gets the same red-black colour theme and blue backlit console but the most important addition is the rear disc brake. View pics of 2017 Pulsar 180
- 2017 Pulsar 150: This is a little surprising as, apart from the new theme, there doesn’t appear to be many changes. In fact, the revealer (suspected to be a Bajaj dealer) claims that the mill is still BS3. It continues with orange backlit instrumentation and gets MRF tyres (which are being supplied by Bajaj for the last few months on current Pulsar 150s as well). There is another claim that there may be a new BS4 version which will be launched in the coming couple of months. Pics of 2017 Pulsar 150 here…
Bajaj has officially announced BS4 engine for Avenger (link to report) so it is almost confirmed that the Pulsar 220 will get that since they both share the same 220 cc engine. Expect a price increment of Rs 3000-4000 on all these motorcycles and since Bajaj has already started teasing them, we expect an official announcement of their launch very soon. Dispatches are in full swing and they have even reached a few dealerships.
So, what do you think – will the 2017 Pulsars continue with their dream run or is it high-time Bajaj changed the basic design?