Suzuki Motorcycles India is expected to introduce a more powerful variant of the Suzuki Gixxer motorcycle in India. The company is rumored to be working on a 250cc class of motorcycle that will offer buyers of the 150cc Suzuki Gixxer a chance to upgrade for more performance.
A recent media report has also claimed that the Suzuki Gixxer 250 may be introduced as a naked motorcycle initially and would also see a fully faired variant being introduced to the sub-continent. At present, the Gixxer 150 is offered as a naked and the Gixxer 150 SF is being offered as a fully faired motorcycle.
Two-wheeler stalwart, Yamaha has also followed this method with the introduction of FZ 25. The naked variant of the Suzuki Gixxer 250 may be designed on the lines of the Suzuki S300 that shares similarities with the Houje DR 300, a motorcycle built by Suzuki's Chinese partner. Suzuki is likely to use a single cylinder, oil cooled engine on the Gixxer 250 and line it up to perform well alongside the Yamaha FZ 25 and the Honda CBR 250R. At the moment, it is unclear if the motorcycle maker is looking to offer the bike with a five-speed gearbox or a six speed unit.
With new safety and emission regulation norms coming in, motorcycles are slated to become more expensive. The Gixxer 250, if introduced, may come in as a compliant model, and could possibly be priced around the Rs 1.30 lakh mark. The new 250cc motorcycle is expected to be launched in June this year and may be offered with a single channel ABS system with disc brakes on front as well as the rear wheels. Furthermore, the bike will get a digital instrument cluster for the speedometer and tachometer.
Suzuki had previously forayed into the 250cc segment with the Inzuma; the bike boasted of healthy performance figures but was a bit on the pricey side. Further, it had unappealing looks and was subsequently discontinued. With a fresh onslaught in the 250cc segment, Suzuki may look at aggressive pricing and premium performance as a USP to drive sales for their brand in the segment.