Bajaj Auto, one of the leading two-wheeler makers in India will announce its formal entry in Malaysian market on 19th May with three motorcycles. Teaser images by its local partner, a Malaysian two-wheeler company Modenas, revealed that the first two bikes will be the Pulsar 200NS and the Pulsar RS200. This time around the V15 has been spotted on test in Malaysia, thereby indicating that this might possibly be the third model to be introduced.
Earlier it was believed that Dominar 400 might be the third model to be introduced. Although it might not be due for immediately arrival, it is likely to be introduced at a later date. Malaysia being an important ASEAN market, is currently dominated by expensive range of bikes from the Japanese bikemakers. Starting with the Pulsar models and the V15 in Malaysia, Bajaj aims at capturing a larger share of the Asean market. Down the line, Bajaj might also introduce its popular performance and commuter bikes like the Dominar 400 and Platina in the Malaysian market.
Mechanically, all three bikes are expected to be powered by existing engine options. Although visually, the V15 which has been spotted in Malaysia appears to be the same as the one in India, the Pulsar trims are likely to get sporty decals as seen in teasers. The Pulsar 200NS and the Pulsar RS200 are powered by 199.5cc engine which is available in carbureted and fuel injected form, respectively. The NS200 generates 23.2bhp of power while the RS200 generates 24.5bhp of power. The commuter segment focused Bajaj V15 is powered by a 149.5cc single cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC DTS-i engine which generates a humble 11.8bhp of power.
Apart from being one of the leading player in the domestic market, exports play a vital role in company’s overall numbers. Interestingly, reports indicate that around 40 per cent of total Bajaj sales came from exports in the last financial year. Malaysia being one of the major ASEAN market, it is surely expected to help the Indian bikemaker achieve big numbers this year. More details will be known in the days to come.