Bajaj Avenger has gained a cult following since it was launched here in 2005. Derived from the Kawasaki Eliminator, the Avenger gave the Indian public the option of an affordable cruiser-tourer motorcycle. To cash on its success, Bajaj launched the second generation of the Avenger series in 3 variants, namely the Street 150, Street 220 and the Cruise 220.
Now, Bajaj are readying the next line of motorcycles for the Avenger series. This was confirmed by Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto. He also stated that the Avenger series will be launched alongside the next-gen Pulsar series in 2020.
There has been no news regarding the changes in the third-gen motorcycle. It is said that the new Avenger will have a new engine and offer new front and rear disc brakes along with new headlamps and tail-lamps. These changes will be in-line with the changing market needs, with Suzuki and Honda also believed to be developing an affordable cruiser-tourer.
Rajiv Bajaj also said that both the Pulsar and Avenger series will fall in the 150-220cc engine bracket. This would mean that the chances of a high-displacement version of these motorcycles look very bleak as of now. These launches will co-incide with the Indian government’s plan of updating to more eco-friendly BS-VI emission norms.
The new Bajaj Avenger will rival the likes of the Suzuki twins, which include the Intruder 150 and another tourer, as well as the upcoming Honda Rebel. Given Bajaj’s cost-effective techniques for their motorcycles, expect the Avenger to come with an affordable price tag. As of now, Bajaj have recently launched a facelifted version of the Avenger, which is doing a decent job for the company.
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