Bajaj Pulsar has been around for a long time now. The iconic name was first launched in 2001 and was updated in 2010. Since then the core Pulsar bikes have remained exactly the same sans a few visual sticker changes. Bajaj is now working on all-new Pulsars in India and they are expected in the market by 2019.
The Pulsar brand became popular because of the raw performance, aggressive looks and value for money. The Pulsars became an instant hit among the youths of the country. The new design of the motorcycle will carry on the same bits and pieces to remain aggressive and sharp. There is no news on how the motorcycle will look like in its all-new avatar but it sure will be designed to attract the youth, who are the primary customers of the brand. The bikes are expected to look much sleeker but will retain the muscular identity.
The bigger change will be the engine. Bajaj is working on an all-new engine that will be different from the current platform. Bajaj is developing a new platform that will have various displacements from 150cc to 250cc. The new scalable platform will get 4-valve technology and fuel injection to meet the new BS VI emission norms that will be in place from 2020. The new generation of the engines will close the gap between the Pulsar and the Dominar. Currently, the 220cc Pulsar is the bike with the biggest displacement in the range, while the Dominar gets a 373.2cc engine. The new platform will allow Bajaj to launch Pulsar 250 that will bridge the gap.
With the launch of the all-new Pulsar range, Bajaj is also expected to reshuffle the product line-up. Currently, the Pulsar 180 is sandwiched between the Pulsar 160 NS and the Pulsar 200 NS. Even though the Pulsar 180 offers a different look than the NS versions, the new product line-up is expected to give a similar look to all the Pulsar models, which will eliminate the need of Pulsar 180 in the market.
Bajaj will also equip the bikes with mandatory single-channel ABS that will be enforced in the market next year. The launch is expected to happen sometime next year, which will be well before the deadline of BS VI implementation in 2020. The bikes will cost significantly higher due to additional standard equipment that have been made mandatory by the government for the safety of the road users.