The Bajaj Pulsar is the performance motorcycle that the current generation of young Indians has grown up with. Since it arrived in 2001, the Pulsar has become the go-to entry-level performance motorcycle for the Indian rider. Over the years, Bajaj has introduced changes to the lineup in terms of design, engine options and models to help the Pulsar keep its rivals at bay. The current design of the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220 was introduced way back in 2010 and the same design has been bought forward over the years with a few nips and tucks here and there. Thankfully, Bajaj is working on a new generation of Pulsars which are set to arrive in the near future. Here’s everything you need to know about the next-generation Bajaj Pulsar lineup.
A New Sense Of Style
The regular Pulsar lineup of the 150, 180 and 220 look rather dated now with a design that is now 8 years old. The recent facelift of the Pulsar 150 too seemed more like a stop-gap measure. However, this original trio of Pulsars is set to get a major design overhaul with refreshed parts that will give them a more modern look while retaining the iconic Pulsar silhouette. The troika of Pulsars will get new alloy wheels and a redesigned tail section to give them a sharper look and Bajaj is expected to clearly distinguish the naked and faired models from each other.
New features too
The new Bajaj Pulsar will get more modern features with the upcoming update to the lineup. The new Pulsars are expected to feature all-LED headlamps similar to the one found on the Bajaj flagship, the Dominar 400. The new range of Pulsars will also get a rear mono shock and a new swingarm as well.
The new Bajaj Pulsars will feature new engines to help the lineup keep up with the new BS-VI emission norms that will come into effect in 2020. The new engines, which are being developed from the ground-up will feature fuel injection and 4 valves. Pulsars have always been known for their performance and this new engine is expected to be more powerful compared to the current 2-valve DTS-i setup, which should hopefully make the new Pulsars even more exciting to ride.
The current Pulsar lineup is often criticised for its engine harshness which creates vibrations that can make the bikes uncomfortable to ride, especially for long rides. The new Pulsar engines will be more refined, which should mean fewer vibrations. Expect the new Pulsars to offer better comfort levels, which should make for easier long rides.
The new Pulsar range will get single-channel ABS as standard, which will make them a whole lot safer than the current Pulsar 150, 180 and 220. All new 125cc and above motorcycles launched after April 1, 2018, have to be offered with ABS as standard as per new governmental safety regulations and riders of the new Pulsar lineup will be riding bikes that are safer than the current breed.
Best Of Both Worlds – Power and Mileage
The new Pulsar lineup’s engines will feature fuel injection which will mean better performance compared to the current batch of bikes that use carburetted engines. The switch to fuel injection will mean an increase in fuel efficiency as well. This should make the new Pulsar the best of both worlds for the Indian rider, who’ll get both better mileage and more power from the new bikes.
Will be significantly more expensive
The new Pulsars will get LED headlamps, fuel injected engines, and ABS, all of which are expected to add to the cost of the new bikes. The fuel injected engines and the ABS setup are needed to meet the new emission and safety norms and are expected to make the new Pulsars a whole lot more expensive compared to the current models. A hike of Rs 15,000 cannot be ruled out.
No more Pulsar 180
The Pulsar 180 was the big daddy of the original Pulsar lineup. However, in its new avatar, the Pulsar lineup could ditch the 180 as it will be quite similar in performance compared to the premium NS200. In a bid to avoid confusing customers and to ensure that sales of the more premium Pulsars do not suffer, Bajaj could do away with the 180cc model.
A bigger Pulsar in sight
The new engine platform underpinning the Pulsar lineup will have flexible scalability stretching from 150cc to 220cc and perhaps 250cc, too. Bajaj is said to be working on a 250cc Pulsar and this bike could become the bridge between the current Pulsar lineup and the flagship Dominar 400.
The new Bajaj Pulsar lineup is expected to arrive on Indian roads before the arrival of the new BS-VI norms in 2020. We expect Bajaj to launch the new Pulsars around the 2019 Dusshera-Diwali festive season.