Soon, KTM will revamp its least-priced offering in India, the Duke 200, with some major changes. The revamp will include visual changes as well as new features. In terms of design, the 2019 KTM Duke 200 is expected to look a lot sharper. The design of the street-naked motorcycle is likely to resemble that of its bigger siblings, the Duke 250 and the 390. The underbody exhaust is likely to give way to a more conventional, side-exiting exhaust.
The 199.5-cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine is likely to be unchanged, with similar power and torque outputs of 25 Bhp and 19.2 Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard. As for features, a new instrument cluster and dual-channel ABS are likely to be two new standard features that will be added to the 2019 Duke 200. The motorcycle will get pricier, due to the feature additions, and is expected to be launched during 2019.
India is the global hub for the manufacture and export of small capacity KTM motorcycles including the Duke 125, 200, 250 and 390. The new Duke 200 will also be built here, and exported to countries around the world. The Duke 200 is aimed at those who want a fast, affordable and fun motorcycle mainly for city commutes and weekend rides to the twisties. The motorcycle’s upright riding position and rear set footpegs offer a comfortable yet aggressive stance.
Currently, prices of the Duke 200 start from Rs. 1.5 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The updated, 2019 version of the KTM Duke 200 is expected to start from about Rs. 1.6 lakhs. KTM is known to price its motorcycles quite aggressively, selling them as a value-for-money offerings. The same strategy is likely to continue with the 2019 KTM Duke 200 as well. KTM sells two more street-naked high performance motorcycles in India under the Duke line – the 250 and 390 models. Both motorcycles are not only much more powerful than the Duke 200, but also significantly costlier.