With the BS6 deadline inching closer, manufacturers are actively introducing their updated products. Last week we saw Royal Enfield and Suzuki dropping the BS6 compliant versions of their most popular models. We also came across a few spy shots and teasers which made the week all the more interesting.
After being spied on multiple occasions, the 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been finally launched in India. The pricing of the motorcycle starts at Rs 1.65 lakhs which is a premium of around Rs 11,000 over the outgoing model. The new Classic is now powered by a BS6-compliant, fuel-injected motor, power figures of which have not been revealed yet. While the styling of the motorcycle remains unchanged, the manufacturer has introduced a couple of new colour options.
Suzuki has launched the new BS6-compliant version of its best-selling model, the Access 125. Besides the updated 125cc, fuel-injected motor, the new Access gets new features such as aa LED headlamp, external fuel filler cap, battery voltage indicator, Eco indicator and USB charging socket (standard fitment in special edition models). Suzuki has priced the BS6 Access 125 starting from Rs 64,800 (drum, steel wheels) up to Rs 69,500 (special edition). It commands a premium of around Rs 6,000 over its BS4 counterpart.
Bajaj will finally launch its much-anticipated electric scooter, the Chetak, on 14 January in India. The scooter will bring back the iconic Chetak name, albeit, in electric form. While it sports an elegant looking, retro-inspired design, the new Chetak is profoundly modern on the feature front. It packs gizmos such as full-LED lighting, Bluetooth-enabled instrument cluster and keyless ignition. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, it is claimed to deliver a range of up to 95km which will vary depending on the selected riding mode from Eco and Power. We’ll get more details about the electric scooter at its official launch.
Bajaj was recently spotted testing what could be a smaller version of its power cruiser, the Dominar. The presence of a lower spec swingarm and skinnier tyres suggest that this could be a more affordable version of the motorcycle. While the engine displacement is not known yet, we believe it could be a 250cc motor borrowed from the KTM 250 Duke. It will be an ideal proposition to fill the void between 200cc Pulsars and the Dominar 400, both in terms of displacement and pricing. To find out more on this, we’ll have to wait until further details unfold.
Royal Enfield has released a small teaser of the upcoming model of the Himalayan, suggesting that the official launch of the motorcycle is in the offing. Besides the mandatory BS6-compliant, fuel-injected motor, the new Himalayan is expected to be equipped with a host of new features. This might include a better instrument cluster, switchable ABS setup and hazard lights. RE could also introduce more colour options for the adventure motorcycle. While the existing Himalayan retails at Rs 1.81 lakhs, the new model is likely to be around Rs 20,000 more expensive.
(All prices are ex-showroom)