Husqvarna will soon launch two all-new bikes, the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, in the Indian market. Bajaj Auto, which will build the bikes at their Chakan plant, has already revealed that both the bikes will be launched in 2019. Here is a picture of the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 testing in India.
The Svartpilen 401 seen here is testing with a heavy camouflage but it can be easily recognisable because of its unique shape and visible yellow highlights on the body. The Svartpilen will be only available in black with bright yellow highlights. Also, the bike can be seen using wheels of KTM Duke. The engine logo on the bike also says KTM.
Both the Husqvarna bikes will be heavily localised in India to keep the prices low. Also, both the Husqvarna bikes share most of their parts with the KTM 390 Duke and we will get to see a lot of part-sharing between the two bikes. However, the production version of the Husqvarna Svartpilen will be quite different from the pre-production model seen in the picture.
The upcoming bikes have been caught testing in India without any camouflage. The bikes did not carry any KTM logos on them and also the wheels were not from the KTM 390 Duke. It is quite possible that India will get a different version of the bike from what is sold in the international markets. Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 are already on sale in many international markets. The Indian version can be quite different to keep the prices competitive.
The same strategy was followed by Yamaha India recently when the all-new YZF-R15 was launched. We saw a few missing features like upside-down fork, ABS and more. However, the upcoming Husqvarna seems to get all these features but will have a higher number of borrowed equipment from the KTM 390 Duke.
The Husqvarna Vitpilen is a cafe-racer styled bike while the Svartpilen is a scrambler-style machine. Both will be positioned higher than the KTM 390 Duke in India when launched.