Bajaj is planning to launch a bigger-engined version of the Avenger cruiser. The Dominar’s 373cc engine is likely to be the unit chosen for the bigger Avenger. However, Bajaj will also have to change the frame of the Avenger to accommodate the bigger engine. Here is a render that shows what the Avenger 400 could look like.
In terms of styling, the render indicates that the Avenger 400 will be similar to the Harley Davidson Street 750, a bike that costs at least four times more. The Avenger 400 will compete with the Royal Enfield Thunderbird twins and the Renegade cruiser range.
The 373cc engine of the Dominar features liquid cooling, triple spark plugs, fuel injection, four valves and twin camshafts. The engine produces 35 Bhp and 35 Nm, and is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The Avenger 400 is expected to get a similar spec.
The bike with the bigger engine could see a price increase of about Rs. 30-40,000, which will still ensure that it is way cheaper than competition with an ex-showroom price of about 1.2-1.3 lakhs. Since all 125cc+ bikes launched after April 2018 in India will have to offer ABS mandatorily, the Avenger 400 is expected to get a dual channel ABS, similar to the unit that is offered with the Dominar.
Suspension could remain similar to the current Avenger range, with telescopic front forks and gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear. Bajaj is expected to make the front forks thicker to give the bike a beefier front end. The speedometer could move to the tank and could go digital, and a lot of additional features are expected to be added to the digital display. The Avenger 400 with all these modern bits may be a year or two from launch but what’s certain is that Bajaj is indeed working on a bigger-engined version of this bike.