I don’t know about you, but I had to go back and read up to keep track of the number of iterations the Bajaj Avenger has gone through. And, that’s not bad because if nothing else, it keeps the product fresh. And with it, it prevents the sales numbers from tumbling so low that it might warrant the discontinuation of the model.
Now, the Avenger 220 has had a fairly consistent run. No flashes in the pan, and no real slump to talk about. The same, however, cannot be said about the smaller Avenger. The latter started with a 150cc engine. It was well priced and reasonably fuel efficient. But, it wasn’t powerful enough to justify the ‘cruiser’ tag. And so, in came the 180cc version to replace it.
That too didn’t last long. Now, Bajaj says the consumers - who are mostly commuters - expected better fuel economy numbers from the 180. And therefore, the lukewarm response. So now the bike maker has brought in the 160 Avenger. And it says the new motorcycle strikes the right balance. But does it, really?