The new New Bajaj Avenger 400 will be powered by a 43bhp, 375cc, single cylinder engine that does duty on the KTM Duke 390.
With additional power and superb cruising capabilities, the Bajaj Avenger 400 will take head on against the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Bajaj Avenger 400 will be the next model to join Bajaj’s new cruiser lineup that includes Street 150, Street 220 and Cruise 220. Bajaj Auto will venture into the midsize motorcycle segment with a new adventure-tourer category. One of the largest exporters and manufacturers of motorbikes from India, Bajaj Auto–KTM alliance once again comes in play to woo Indian bike enthusiasts. The basic intent behind this move is to challenge Royal Enfield’s latest submission the 411cc RE Himalayan. A lot many industry sources have confirmed the development of a completely new motorcycle platform which will be an adventure touring model.
The Indian auto brand is developing the new models with two engine options: a single-cylinder 375cc mill and a 200cc power mill which is currently empowering several other KTM motorbikes. While the 200cc bike will come under KTM moniker, the 375cc adventure tourer will join Bajaj’s Avenger lineup. The engine being included in the new Bajaj Avenger 400 can be the ones that are being manufactured locally by the company in Pune. With additional power and superb cruising capabilities, the Bajaj Avenger 400cc model will attract buyers who otherwise go for Royal Enfield Himalayan.
If a few other sources are to be believed, the bike is under final phase of testing and validation. It might be launched in the second half of 2016.
Bajaj auto holds a reputation for bringing in innovative products that are pioneers of their own niche territory. And the best thing is that they are available across an affordable price range. The biggest proof of this fact was presented by Pulsar RS 200 and 150cc Avenger in recent years. The new Bajaj Avenger 400 price is expected to be around Rs. 1.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Bajaj-KTM team plans to take on the Royal Enfield Himalayan with the KTM 390Adventure. The target consumer base for this product might be the creamy layer initially. But speculations are rife that it may bring forth a 375cc iteration of the same to take an edge over its close rival. The Bajaj Avenger 400 will be powered by the same 375cc, single-cylinder engine that does duty on the KTM Duke 390. This powertrain churns out a maximum power output of 43bhp at 9,000rpm and a maximum torque of 35Nm at 7,000rpm. Transmission duties will be performed by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The new Bajaj Avenger 400 will be built on an all-new platform that has been developed by the home-grown bikemaker and its Austrian partner – KTM. The biggest challenge for Royal Enfield, in that respect, is affordability and it is the same point where Bajaj Auto gets benefit of doubt. If this model comes in play, it will not only help in boosting sales on national level but international level trade figures will witness a drastic improvement on same scale.
Estimated – 27kmpl – 35kmpl
Type – 375cc single-cylinder
Power – 43bhp @ 9,000rpm
Torque – 35Nm @ 7,000rpm
Transmission – 6-speed