Like most sector, the Indian automobile industry too is affected due to pandemic and lockdown. Manufacturing facilities were shut down, dealers bearing heavy losses and several product launches have been postponed. With some relaxations, however, things are gradually getting on track. Two and four-wheeler manufacturers have resumed production at their select plants, dealerships have been reopened and the much-awaited models have started rolling out. Here’re the top 9 new bikes and scooters, which are set to launch in coming weeks.
1. Triumph Bonneville T100, T120 Black Edition
Triumph has confirmed that it will roll out the Bonneville T100 and T120 Black Edition on coming 12th June. Both models sit on tubular steel-cradle frames and derive power from a 900cc parallel-twin engine that’s good enough for 55PS and 77Nm of torque. The Black Edition has matte black finish instead of the significant amount of chrome. The blacked out components such as engine, wheels, indicators, mirrors and dual pea-shooter exhausts give it a sporty appeal.
Royal Enfield Meteor is surely one of the much-awaited bike launches of this year. The motorcycle, which was slated to go on sale in April, is now reported to arrive by the end of June, 2020. The Meteor will be the successor of the RE Thunderbird 350X and is estimated to cost around Rs 1.69 lakh. One of the major highlights of the bike will be its new double cradle chassis that will also be used in the all-new Classic 350 and Bullet 350. The RE Meteor will come with a new 350cc, single-cylinder engine featuring SOHC layout. The model will witness comprehensive design and feature upgrades.
At the Hero World 2020, the home-grown two-wheeler maker unveiled three new motorcycles including the all-new Xtreme 160R. The model will take head-to-head against the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer and Yamaha FZS. The Hero Xtreme 160R, the successor of the Xtreme Sports 150, will be powered by a BS6-ready 160cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. The fuel injected motor will deliver power close to 15bhp against 14Nm. The bike will come in three dual-tone colours – Sports Red & Grey, White & Grey and Blue & Grey.
The Japanese bikemaker is ready to roll out the BS6-compliant Yamaha FZ 25 in coming weeks. The model lineup will also receive a new and more premium FZS 25 variant. For power, the motorcycle will use the BS6-ready 249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled SOHC fuel injected motor. The power and torque outputs stand at 20.8PS and 20.1Nm respectively. Some noticeable changes will also be made on the BS6 Yamaha FZ 25.
5. BS6 TVS Victor
TVS Motor Company will soon launch the BS6-compliant version of the Victor commuter motorcycle in the country. The updated model will source its power from the BS6-ready 109.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine pushing out 8.08bhp and 8.4Nm of torque. Design, styling and features of the bike will remain unchanged. The BS6-ready iteration of the Victor will be priced slightly premium over its BS4 version that comes at a starting price of Rs 56,622.
6. BS6 TVS Scooty Zest
BS6 TVS Scooty Zest has been teased ahead of its official launch. Similar to the current model, the updated one will come in two formats – Himalayan Highs and Matte Series. No changes are likely to be made to its design and features. The scooter will come with the same 109cc engine that will comply with the BS6 emission norms. The updated motor might witness a marginal drop in power output. For reference, its BS4 version delivers power worth 7.8bhp and 8.4Nm of torque. The model will also receive a minor price hike.
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has teased the BS6-compliant Suzuki V-Strom 650XT on its official website. Previewed at this year’s Auto Expo, the bike will feature a BS6-ready 645cc, liquid cooled V-twin engine paired to a 6-speed gearbox. In its BS4 form, it pushes out a peak power of 71PS and 62.3Nm of torque. The bike continues to feature 43mm telescopic forks with 150mm of travel and a rear monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping suspension unit.
8. BS6 Kawasaki Z900
The BS6 Kawasaki Z900 is ready to hit roads in coming weeks. In fact, the official bookings of the updated model have already been commenced across the nation. One can pre-book the vehicle by paying a token sum of Rs 50,000. The model uses the same 948cc, inline-four engine that now meets the BS6 emission standards. Prices of the BS6-compliant Kawasaki Z900 start from Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
The new Triumph Tiger 900 adventure motorcycle will soon arrive in the market. While the global-spec model comes in five variants (Standard, GT, GT Pro, Rally and Rally Pro), here it will be offered in GT and Rally trims only. Its engine setup includes a new 888cc, 3-cylinder inline-triple motor making 95PS against 87Nm of torque. The bike is claimed to offer the best-in-class acceleration with more distinctive soundtrack.