Suzuki Plans to Make 250cc ‘GSX’ in India, Says Company MD

Suzuki Auto Expo 2018
This twin cylinder GSX 250R does not look suited for our market

Talks of Suzuki 250cc are gaining momentum…

After trying to slug it out in the entry level segment, Suzuki has now restructured its plans and intends to target the premium motorcycle segment, apart from scooters. They are aiming for a 10 percent market share in whatever segments they operate in.

Among other plans, they will invest in new products. According to Times of India, MD of Suzuki Motorcycle India, Satoshi Uchida said that they have plans to make smaller versions of popular GSX series in India – like KTM, BMW and others are doing. The story elaborates that this could be in the 250 to 400 cc range and India will be used as an export hub.

Suzuki has already developed a new 250 cc GSX-R250 which is powered by a 250 cc twin cylinder engine capable of producing 25 PS of peak power and 23.4 Nm of maximum torque and is coupled with a 6 speed gearbox. Currently, it sells the R250 in UK and some other markets. In the UK it costs ~Rs 3.60 Lakhs which is lesser than RC390, R3 as well as Ninja 300.

A single cylinder 250-300 cc Gixxer is what we expect

There is no clarification if Suzuki is considering this specific model but as we have told you earlier, chances of this original-spec GSX-R250 coming to India are less (here). Instead, Suzuki may plan a single cylinder 250-300 cc for India which can be sold in the domestic as well growing markets like ours.

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They are doing well in the 150cc segment and and a 250cc built around Gixxer will be an interesting addition to the list. The ploy is to get to a sustainable 1 million sales target by 2020.

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