Upcoming for 2016: Ten New Sub Rs 4 lakh Bikes Headed to India

Much like for car enthusiasts, 2016 is going to be very interesting for prospective bike buyers as well. The best part is that you won’t have to spend a lot to buy something that’s not just thrilling to ride and look at, but has a wide range of capabilities backing that claim. We look at bikes priced under Rs five lakhs that will be launched next year:

New TVS Apache

(Expected price: Rs 1.25 lakh)

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It’s been a long time since the Apache was updated – the facelift didn’t do it any favour. The new vehicle has been caught testing abroad, and if the reports are to be believed, it will be quicker than the KTM Duke. It’s expected to get a larger engine (200 cc) mated to a six-speed transmission. That will surely be something to take the RTR legacy forward.

Bajaj Pulsar 150NS and 200NS-FI

(Expected price: Rs 70,000 and Rs 1 lakh)

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With the introduction of the NS, the Pulsar brand seemed to have undergone a makeover. Not limiting to aesthetics updates alone, the new bikes (200NS, RS200, and the AS twins) are better to ride than before, and the new engine is better as well. Bajaj is expected to have two new products in the NS range: a 150NS and a 200NS. The latter will now get the fuel injected unit from the RS200.

Hero HX250R

(Expected price: Rs 1.5 lakh)

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The new Karizma twins failed to live up to the predecessor’s name (original Karizma/Karizma R) and the company surely needs a more enticing product in the segment. That’s where the HX250R fits perfectly – it looks better than anything Hero has offered in the segment off late – and with a larger engine, it’s likely to satiate the performance enthusiasts too. EBR (Eric Buell Racing) was expected to continue developing the bike, but with the company pushed into bankruptcy, it remains to be seen what Hero does with it.

Bajaj Pulsar RS400/CS400

(Expected price: Rs 2 lakh)

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The Pulsar range has been widened, and with RS200 having garnered a great response, expect a more powerful version of the bike – the RS400. The vehicle will be powered by a liquid cooled, fuel injected 375 cc engine. A naked version – the CS400 – is likely to be added to the line-up as well.

BMW G 310 R

(Expected price: Rs 2 lakh)

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BMW and TVS entered a partnership to make a sub 500 cc bike, and the G 310 R is the result of that. Powered by a 313 hp engine that makes 34 hp and 28 Nm of torque, the G 310 R will come feature-laden with upside down forks and ABS as standard.

Royal Enfield Himalayan

(Expected price: Rs 1.8 lakh)

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The adventure tourer from Royal Enfield will use the Continental GT’s lightweight frame, a newly developed 410 cc engine, and is likely to be strengthened for some on-off road action. It will be the second new RE after the Continental GT, and is expected to be available in two versions: a fully specced adventure tourer with increased ground clearance, raised mudguards, etc., and a standard bike but without the added kit.

UM Renegade

(Expected price: Rs 2 lakh)

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Showcased first at the 2014 Auto Expo, UM Motorcycles’ products will make their market debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February next year. The Renegade will be joined by two other products. The company intends to make India the export hub and has entered into a partnership with Lohia Auto.

Benelli Tornado

(Expected price: Rs 3 lakh onwards)

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Showcased at the recent EICMA, the Benelli Tornado will use the TNT 300’s mechanicals but comes with a full fairing. Given the competitive pricing strategy that Benelli has adopted, the Tornado will not be hugely expensive, either.

Kawasaki Ninja SL

(Expected price: Rs 2.25 lakh)

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Kawasaki might have focussed on bringing bikes like the Versys this year, but the company can be bringing the more affordable version of the Ninja next year. Called Ninja SL, the bike uses a single cylinder engine and shares parts with the larger Ninja 300. The lower price tag will enable Kawasaki to offer its bikes to a wider audience.

Yamaha MT-03

(Expected price: Under Rs 3 lakh)

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The R3 might have won some acclaim and a few awards, but it’s the naked cousin that looks more appealing. The MT-03 gets the same 43 PS producing parallel twin but has revised seat and handlebar (ditches the R3’s clip-ons) for a street riding focussed posture. It’s expected to make an appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo with a possible launch later in the year.

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Suzuki Gixxer 250

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With the smaller Gixxer models (Gixxer and the Gixxer SF) doing well for Suzuki, a 250 cc version seems to be the best way forward. Rumours haven’t died yet and with spy shots of a fully faired bike doing rounds on the Internet, it seems a 250 cc bike is on its way. The bike spotted had clip-on handlebars and looked more focussed than Suzuki’s other entry-level offerings.