The 2019 Bajaj Dominar is just weeks away from launch in India. Bajaj Auto has been extensively testing the 2019 Dominar on Indian roads ahead of launch. The 2019 Dominar gets a major facelift with new features added, and Bajaj Auto is said to have used customer feedback to refine the motorcycle. Here is a new spy video of a camouflaged Bajaj Dominar 400 that shows what the motorcycle sounds like. Hear it for yourself.
As the video indicates, the 2019 Bajaj Dominar sounds a lot more fruitier than the outgoing version. The Ducati-esque twin barrel exhaust does make the motorcycle sound very good, and this is something a lot of buyers looking for the new Dominar will find quite interesting. The new exhaust is also likely to improve the ground clearance of the motorcycle, making it a better performer off the road.
The biggest visible mechanical change on the motorcycle is the swapping of telescopic front forks of the older Dominar with upside down front forks on the 2019 version. This change is likely to make the 2019 Bajaj Dominar a much better handler. Also, boosted travel for the upside down front suspension should make the motorcycle a better performer off the road.
Other changes on the 2019 Dominar are an updated instrument cluster that beams out more information than before, and a larger radiator. As for the engine and gearbox, the 2019 Dominar is likely to use the same, KTM Duke 390-derived 373cc, four stroke single with 35 Bhp-35 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch will be standard. It remains to be seen whether Bajaj Auto makes any change to the outputs of the engine.
What is certainly likely to happen is Bharat Stage 6 emission norms compliance. With just about a year to go for the much tighter Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, the 2019 Dominar meeting these norms will be one of the top engineering goals that revolve around the updated motorcycle. As for pricing, the new Dominar is likely to be a few thousand rupees pricier thanks to the various changes that have been effected. Expect an ex-showroom price of about Rs. 1.65 lakhs.
The non-ABS version of the Dominar is likely to be retired with the dual channel ABS equipped version becoming standard. This move reflects the new ABS legislation that will come into effect across the two wheeler segment in India a few months from now. The 2019 Bajaj Dominar is expected to retain the value-for-money proposition, and continue as Bajaj Auto’s flagship motorcycle.
Sales of the Dominar has been sliding despite various marketing efforts from Bajaj Auto. The 2019 Dominar will be aimed at reversing this slide and making the motorcycle a lot more appealing to those seeking a sporty alternative to touring motorcycle from Royal Enfield. How this will play out is something that the coming months will reveal. For now, Bajaj Auto will be hoping that the updated 2019 Dominar manages to sell at least 10,000 units/year, which was the original sales target for the motorcycle.
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