India’s largest automotive exhibition, the Auto Expo is scheduled to happen in February 2018. Various four-wheel and two-wheel manufacturers showcase their upcoming products at the event. Here is a list of affordable motorcycles that will be showcased at the Auto Expo.
Hero was the first brand in India to introduce an affordable dual purpose motorcycle in India in the form of Impulse. However, the bike was criticized for being underpowered by many. Hero showcased the XPulse concept that will be launched in India sometime in 2018. They will also showcase the concept the Auto Expo 2018.
No technical details about the motorcycle have been revealed yet but the concept model carries a lot of features. There are a bash plate and crash-guard to protect the engine. The motorcycle also gets a small fairing for wind deflection, an LED headlamp, knuckle guard, a twin seat and a high handlebar.
Royal Enfield Interceptor
The much-awaited Royal Enfield Interceptor has been finally been unveiled by the company. The Interceptor will become the most powerful Royal Enfield ever. The motorcycle will be powered by 650cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that develops a maximum power of 46 Bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque.
The Royal Enfield Interceptor is expected to a carry a price tag of around Rs. 3 lakh when launched. It will first enter the European markets and will enter the Indian market by mid-2018.
Royal Enfield Continental GT 650
The cafe racer Continental GT 650 will look similar to the Continental GT 535 but will get a larger engine. As per Royal Enfield, the bike also gets 90% new parts. The bike gets a shorter fuel tank and the rider sits little further away but in a more relaxed position. The bike will be powered by the same 650cc parallel twin unit that generates a maximum of 46 Bhp – 52 Nm.
This will be the smallest product of the GS series from BMW Motorrad. The motorcycle has been developed by the BMW Motorrad and will be manufactured at the TVS India plant. The G310 GS will get many signature features of the GS series like the front beak, radiator shrouds, headlamp cowl and the tank design.
The motorcycle will be the powered by the 313cc, 34 BHp-28 Nm engine and will get a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycle just weighs 169.5 kg and with the GS DNA, many will look forward to buy the smallest adventure bike from BMW.
Mahindra Mojo ADV
Mahindra has already opened exclusive Mojo dealerships in India. The company has said that they are currently working to develop an Adventure motorcycle based on the Mojo. Mahindra showcased the Mojo ADV concept during the Auto Expo and may bring the production version in 2018 Auto Expo. The bike will be powered by the same 294.72cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 26.82 BHP at 8,000 rpm and 30 Nm of maximum torque.
Suzuki V-Storm DL250
Suzuki will also jump in the affordable adventure segment with their own smallest ADV, V-Storm DL250. The looks of the bike are heavily inspired by the flagship V-Storm 1000. The motorcycle has been designed for the European markets but it is expected to be in India with a few changes. The bike is powered by the parallel twin 248cc engine that also powers the GSX-R250. It develops a maximum of 24.7 Bhp.
Benelli TRK 502
The Italian manufacturer showcased the TRK 502 adventure motorcycle during the Auto Expo 2016 and will now launch it soon. The newly developed motorcycle is powered by a 500cc, parallel-twin engine that is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The fuel injected engine produces a maximum of 47 BHP and 45 Nm of torque.
The premium looking TRK 502 gets a distinctive beak at the front, which is essentially the extended part of the front fairing. It also gets split seats, with a low seat height and an adjustable windscreen. At the front, the motorcycle gets 320 mm disc at the front while the rear tyre gets a single disc set-up of 260 mm. The motorcycle comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, and it is not designed for extreme off-roading.
Benelli will launch the Leoncino in India with Scrambler inspired styling. The Leoncino is powered by the same 500cc parallel-twin engine of the TRK 502. The motorcycle is expected to be available in two variants – off-road model and a tarmac-biased model. With the vintage looks, Benelli will hope to capture the market which is currently dominated by the Royal Enfield brand.
Benelli will launch the Imperiale to explore the lower segment markets which are dominated by the Royal Enfield right now. The Imperiale is powered by a 373cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that produces a maximum of 20 Bhp – 28 Nm. The motorcycle will be showcased during the Auto Expo and will subsequently launch in India later in 2018.
The launch of much-awaited G310R has been delayed in India but the German brand will showcase the bike at the Auto Expo. The motorcycle has been developed with TVS and it will take on the likes of highly successful KTM 390 Duke in India. The BMW G310R will be made in India at the TVS plant and will be exported from here to the foreign markets.
The G310R will draw power from a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with twin overhead camshafts. The motorcycle produces a maximum of 33.6 BHP of power but weighs only 158 kg, which gives it a very good power to weight ratio. The engine is a reversed cylinder design that will give it a better centre of gravity and fun to ride.
Yamaha R15 V3
The all-new R15 was launched in various international markets earlier this year. However, the Indian launch has been delayed but the bike is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo. The new R15 looks like a baby R6 while the engine has been upgraded to 155cc. The engine now produces a maximum of 19.3 BHP at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm at 8,500 rpm. The high compression engine fitted inside the Delta frame of the motorcycle makes it a well-balanced bike and a perfect track tool for the newbies.
Yamaha launched the parallel-twin cylinder powered YZF-R3 in India. However, with the implementation of BS IV norms on two-wheelers, the motorcycle was discontinued. Yamaha is expected to bring in the new BS IV compliant R3 in India next year but before that, the new motorcycle will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. The new version gets sharper looks and also additional features.
The Pune-based firm has unveiled India’s first fully-electric motorcycle. The motorcycle will be powered by Li-ion battery and will have a maximum range of 100 km. The batteries charge to full in about 2 hours and Tork says that the battery attains 80% of charge in just one hour. The company is also working to install charging stations in the Pune city first and then the motorcycle will be launched in the other major cities of the country. The is expected to make a public appearance at the 2018 Auto Expo.
TVS Apache RTR 160
TVS Apache RTR 160 has been spied testing in India with a new frame. The entry-level Apache is quite popular among the youngsters and TVS is doing subtle changes to keep the bike fresh in the market. The engine specifications are not expected to change. However visual changes are expected with the upgrade.
TVS Apache RTR 180
TVS will also showcase the RTR 180 at the Auto Expo. The bike has not spied yet but since it has not received any update for a long time, we expect that the RTR 180 will also be showcased alongside the Apache RTR 160.
Honda CBR 300R
Honda discontinued the CBR 250R after the BS IV implementations kicked in. Honda may bring in the CBR 300R to replace the ageing CBR 250R from India and showcase it during the Auto Expo. The CBR 300R is powered by 286cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces a maximum of 30.4 Bhp- 27.1 Nm.
Suzuki GSX-R 250
The Gixxer SF 155 is a decent success in India for Suzuki. Suzuki is now planning to bring the bigger version in the form of GSX-250R. It looks much closer to the flagship GSX-R1000. It is powered by 248cc, parallel-twin engine that produces a maximum of 24.7 bhp and 23.3 Nm torque.
Jawa 350 OHC
The Jawa brand will come back to India with Mahindra, who now own the rights to sell Jawa in India and other South East Asian nations. Jawa will launch the 350 OHC, which will take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 in the market. The retro-styled Jawa is powered by 350cc two-stroke engine sourced from a Chinese company, Shineray. The engine produces 26 Bhp – 32 Nm and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.