Ninja 400 India launch date has been confirmed by Kawasaki in a new teaser but it may continue to cost a bomb – even higher than the older model before it was discontinued…
Update – Kawasaki has confirmed that Ninja 400 will be launched on 24 June ie today at 8 pm.
Kawasaki must have understood that localisation is the key to success in India. A clear example of this is the Ninja 300 – the model which saw a big upswing in sales when the Jap localized it heavily few years back. In comparison, models such as Versys 300 and Ninja 400 – which costed a lot – were terrible sales duds. Here is an older article that we can dig out about Ninja 400’s sales in India.
We believed, with the introduction of BS6 norms, the Ninja 400 was gone forever, and may not return until Kawasaki decides to give it the Ninja 300-treatment ie heavy localisation. However, the updated 400 is coming and that is official!
Kawasaki has teased the new model on its social channels and has confirmed its launch in our market. This has been possible because the Jap has updated the motorcycle to Euro5 norms internationally – which makes it eligible for sale in our market as well (Euro5 are roughly equal to Bharat Stage 6 norms).
The problem, however, is that the motorcycle is expected to be brought here almost as-is; ie not with heavy localisation. In simple terms it may continue to be a brilliant motorcycle – at absurd prices. Considering the last tag of Rs 4.99 Lac before it got discontinued, the updated Ninja 400 BS6 may cost a few grands more.
The upcoming Ninja 400 continues to be powered by the same 399cc liquid cooled, parallel twin cylinder engine that produces 45 bhp of power at 8000 rpm and slightly reduced 37 Nm of max torque at the same rpm. There aren’t a lot many changes in the motorcycle and you can read all about it in its unveil story that we did just a few days back.
So, Kawasaki shall we expect some surprises…?