Bajaj has updated the popular cruiser bike, the Avenger for the 2018 year. Bajaj showcased the new Avenger 220 a few days back and now the model has been launched at Rs. 93,466 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both the variants Street and Cruise carry the same price tag.
Bajaj has only updated the 220 version of the bike as it is the most popular choice for the customers. The new bike also gets new features and updates. Both the versions now get a new headlamp which looks different on both the variants. The headlamps also get LED DRLs. The new digital instrument cluster also gets a new backlit – blue on the Cruise and Orange on the Street. There is also a new tall shroud that shields the instrument cluster from direct sunlight. The new cluster looks quite modern and gets a speedometer, two trip meters and fuel gauge. There’s a service reminder too.
The 2018 Avenger gets a new Moon White paint scheme too. Other updates include a new revised, tall windscreen mounted on the chromed bracket and ape-hanger handlebar. The cruise variant gets wire-spoke wheels with 17-inch front and 15-inch rear. The backrest gets Avenger inscribed on it. The street version gets black alloy wheels, a smaller cowl above the headlamp, a new matte black exhaust with an aluminium finish heat shield and tip and a new grab rail. The seats have been updated with a new texture that helps the riders during the long distance rides.
The mechanical bits of the bikes remain unchanged. The 220cc, single-cylinder engine produces a maximum of 18.8 Bhp and 17.5 Nm. The ABS is still missing from the bike but is expected in the future version. Bajaj is also planning to discontinue the Avenger 150 and launch a higher powered Avenger 180 in the market. Even though the bike is higher powered than the Gixxer and similarly loaded with features, it undercuts the price of the Japanese offering.