Bajaj Auto is all set to launch the 2019 edition of the Pulsar 220F in early 2019. Here is a speculative render of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle will get a major update in the form of an anti-lock braking system. The Pulsar 220F is expected to get a single channel ABS considering the price point at which it’ll be positioned. The motorcycle is expected to retain its value for money appeal. As for pricing, expect the new motorcycle to sit at about Rs. 1.05 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
Other visible changes on the 2019 Bajaj Pulsar 200F ABS include a belly pan, a grey-black out exhaust canister and revised graphics. It remains to be seen if Bajaj makes any change to the 220cc four stroke single cylinder engine of the motorcycle. Currently, this motor pushes out 20.8 Bhp of peak power and 19.12 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox comes standard with this engine, which also gets a secondary oil cooler.
The Bharat Stage 6 emission norms will come into effect from April 2020. So, the Bajaj Pulsar 220F will also have to comply with the new emission norms that are much tighter than the existing norms. Bajaj Auto could take this opportunity to make the motorcycle BS6 compliant as well. Considering the fact that the motorcycle has already reached dealerships, the launch is expected shortly. We’ll also soon know if the bike is BS6 emission norms compliant.
The motorcycle in its current for is 155 kilograms heavy. The motorcycle could get slightly heavier. Fuel tank capacity is expected to remain constant at 15 liters while top speed is also expected to remain same at 135 Kmph. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F was initially marketed as the fastest bike sold in India. While other bikes have now outdone the Pulsar 220F in terms of top speed, this semi-faired motorcycle continues to be the fastest motorcycle in the sub-Rs. 1 lakh segment. It’s a good touring motorcycle thanks to the semi-fairing and softly set-up suspension. The addition of ABS will make it a lot more safer.
From April 2019, ABS will soon become standard in all two wheelers in India that have engine capacities of over 125cc. This life saving feature has now been made mandatory by the Indian government in order to make two wheelers safer. Two wheelers with engine capacity lesser than 125cc will get combi-braking system (CBS) as standard. However, ABS is a lot more effective than CBS, and if you can afford it, always opt for a two wheeler equipped with ABS. This feature is a life saver, and the difference in EMI will be less than a few hundred rupees.