- Likely to get updated instrument cluster
- May get higher displacement engine
- India launch likely soon
We recently caught another glimpse of the upcoming new KTM 390 Duke test mule ahead of its imminent launch in the Indian market. While the test mule did not reveal any new details about this roadster-segment motorcycle, it gave a quick look at the instrument cluster on the vehicle. The console looks noticeably different from the unit on the current model which packs a wide range of ride-related information. Thus, we may see some additional data on the new model.
Then, the spy images also give a clear look at the body panels, revealing the muscular fuel tank, split-style seats, split-style pillion grabrail, five-spoke wheels, and the compact exhaust canister. This particular test mule was seen with pre-production paint. However, we saw a production-ready model with final paintwork and decals from Europe in May this year. The hardware on this upcoming model will include a new chassis and sub-frame, upside-down front forks, an asymmetrically-mounted rear monoshock, and disc brakes on both wheels.
Apart from the updated hardware, KTM is also expected to revise the mechanical specifications in the form of a relatively higher displacement motor. The upcoming model is expected to feature a 399cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine as against the 373cc unit on the current version. With the higher displacement, we can expect a bump in power and torque figures as well. For reference, the current version makes 43bhp and 37Nm.
While KTM India is yet to announce a launch timeline, we expect the new model to arrive in our market very soon. The Indian arm of the Austrian manufacturer should introduce this motorcycle at a competitive introductory price tag. The current version, for reference, is available at Rs. 2.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).