Bajaj Auto will soon replace the Avenger 150 with a bigger engined model – the Avenger 180. The Avenger 180 will borrow the 180cc four stroke engine from the Pulsar 180. This will make it much more powerful than the recently launched Suzuki Intruder 150. Bajaj is expected to price the Avenger 180 cheaper than the Intruder 150, giving the new bike a competitive advantage. The Avenger 150 will be discontinued in February 2018, according to Thrustzone. So, expect the Avenger 180 to also be launched in the same month.
The Avenger 180’s 178.2cc four stroke engine borrowed from the Pulsar 180 will be air and oil cooled. It is expected to make similar power and torque – 17 Bhp and 14 Nm. These figures are significantly higher than what the Avenger 150 outputs – 14.3 Bhp-12.5 Nm. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard and so will be a carburetor. The other cycle parts on the new bike are likely to be similar to those on the Avenger 150. This means telescopic front forks, gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear, a front disc brake and a rear drum brake.
The current Avenger 150 sells at Rs. 80.435 while the Suzuki Intruder 150 is priced at Rs. 98,340. The new Avenger 180 is expected to be around Rs. 5,000 costlier than the Avenger 150, giving it a price tag of about Rs. 85,000. At this price tag, the Avenger 180 will be much more cheaper than the Intruder 150. This significant price advantage is expected to give the Avenger 180 good sales.
This is not the first time that Bajaj is selling an Avenger 180 in India. Even in the past, the company introduced this model when it discontinued the Kawasaki Eliminator 175. Back then, the Avenger 180 was much cheaper than the Eliminator 175, and set the sales charts on fire. This time, Bajaj Auto is bringing back the Avenger 180 as a value offering. Will it recreate the magic of the older Avenger 180? Time will tell, and as they say, history could just repeat!