Suzuki Gixxer, the entry-level performance model from the Japanese brand has been doing quite well on the sales chart in the Indian market. Soon, a bigger version of the bike will be launched in the market that will be targeting the existing products like KTM 250 Duke.
According to Motoroids, Suzuki will officially unveil the all-new Gixxer 250 in India on 20th May. However, they did not confirm is the unveiling will include official launch prices or it will be a dealer preview. Just like the smaller variant, the Gixxer 250 will first be launched in a naked avatar followed by a fully-faired model in the market. The fully-faired version is expected to be launch by the end of this year.
The Gixxer 250 naked will draw inspiration from the smaller sibling and will offer a more muscular and aggressive look. The bike is expected to get a sharp headlamp with an angular fuel tank with a lot of add-on cowl. This will add a wide look to the bike and will make it more highlighted in the crowd. However, the bike is not expected to offer an aggressive seating posture. Instead, it will offer a relaxed and straighter seating posture when compared to the KTM 250 Duke.
The fully-faired version of the Gixxer 250 is expected to carry the “SF” suffix with the name just like the Gixxer 155SF. The stying of the fairing, however, is expected to be much more aggressive. It should be noted that Suzuki already offers GSX-250R in the international market to take on the likes of Yamaha YZF-R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 250R. However, the Indian-spec model will be quite different from that. The Suzuki GSX-250R is powered by a parallel-twin cylinder engine of a 248cc capacity. It generates a maximum power of 25 Bhp and 23.3 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission. However, the Indian version of Gixxer and Gixxer 250 SF will be powered by a single-cylinder engine that is expected to produce around 24 Bhp of maximum power. The parallel-twin cylinder will increase the price of the bike by quite a lot, which can play a negative role in the price-sensitive Indian market.
The upcoming Gixxer 250 twins are expected to get the same chassis as the Gixxer 155. Also, components like the handlebar, fuel tank, tyre, suspension, electrical switches and instrument clusters are likely to remain the same as the Gixxer 155 models to keep the cost down. However, Suzuki may offer LED headlamps and tail lamps to make the bike distinctive from the 155 models. The bike will also get dual-channel ABS as standard.
Apart from the KTM 250 Duke, the upcoming Gixxer 250 will also take on the Yamaha FZ25, which is quite popular in the market.