- Leoncino 250, TRK 250 will be launched next year
- Will be assembled in India
- Will rival the Husqvarnas, KTM 390 Adventure
Benelli along with its new Indian partner Mahavir group will focus more on the entry-level premium bike segment next year. It plans to launch the quarter-litre variant of the Leoncino and the TRK late next year.
These two launches are part of the company’s 12 new bikes launch for next year. These bikes are called the Leoncino 251 and TRK 251, however in India, it will be rebranded to Leoncino 250 and the TRK 250. While the former is a scrambler, the latter is an entry-level adventure bike. Both bikes resemble its elder siblings, the Leoncino and the TRK 502, but gets less power figures and features.
These bikes are powered by a 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 25.8bhp and 21.2Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by six-speed gearbox. The Leoncino is built around a steel trellis frame suspended on 41mm USD forks on the front and a monoshock at the rear. It gets disc brakes on both sides with ABS as a standard equipment. The Leoncino is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels with 110/70 tyre at the front and a 150/60 one at rear. The bike gets a fuel tank capacity of 14 litres and tips the scale at 153kg. The TRK 250 also uses a steel trellis frame. The ride duties are taken care of by USD forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the back. The fuel-tank capacity of this bike stands at 17 litres which is a decent figure.
Both these bikes will be assembled in India and that should attract competitive pricing. As of now the Leoncino doesn’t have any rival, but at the time of launch, the Husqvarnas will be present in the country and that will go head to head with this Benelli. On the other hand, the TRK 250 will have the BMW G310GS and the KTM 390 Adventure as its direct competitors.