Indian Motorcycles is finally out of the woods. After a slew of dark, dingy teasers, their comeback medium Chief has finally been unveiled at the annual motorcycling soiree at Sturgis.
What makes the Indian Chief more interesting is that it is expected to make a landing in India. Parent company Polaris already has a presence in India and Pankaj Dubey, MD of Polaris has already confirmed its entry here. It is also being said that we will be offered a few models of the Indian brand, with the Chief literally leading the charge.
Coming back to the Indian Chief, we must say that appears more than capable to rock the ship of Harley-Davidson. It is propelled forward by an all new 111 cubic-inch (1819 cc), two-cylinder engine that is being called as the Thunderstroke 111 Engine. While power figures aren’t supposed to be impressive, it belts out a mammoth 161 Nm of torque. This 49 degree, V-Twin mill is mated to a six-speed transmission.
The Indian Chief will come in the guise of three variants. We list them out for you.
The Chief Classic :
- Truly a bike from another era, or so says the styling.
- However, the technology is sparkling new. It has got features such as keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire system and the aluminium frame with the integrated air intakes.
- Genuine leather saddle, and spoke wheels are present. As expected, the console is on the top of the tank. A nice touch is the “Indian Head” on the top of the front fender.
- It costs $18,999 in the US which translates to Rs 11.61 lakhs.
The Chief Vintage :
- It is designated as a Soft Bagger.
- There are genuine leather bags, in addition to the leather saddle.
- A dollop of chrome on the front fender.
- Indian is also offering a quick-release windshield.
- It will be available for $20,999, which is equal to approximately 12 lakhs.
The Chief “Chieftain” :
- We must remark it is a catchy name.
- It has integrated driving lights as well as a full powered windshield.
- The Chieftain also packs in hard saddlebags with remote controlled locks.
- And why, there’s a Bluetooth audio system and a tyre pressure monitoring system as well.
- The Chieftain is the top of the line model, and will retail at $22,999.
Though the exact time frame of Indian Chief’s Indian launch is not known, it is expected that they all would be offered as pricey CBUs first. A local assembly plant for putting together CKDs might follow next. Nevertheless, it is good news for Cruiser Lovers and V-Twin Enthusiasts.
So, which one will you chose…?