Ducati will launch the 2019 Scrambler range in India on 26 April. The 2019 Scrambler range for the Indian market will include the Scrambler Icon, Scrambler Cafe Racer and Scrambler Desert Sled initially. The fourth model, the Scrambler Full Throttle, will arrive later in the year.
Apart from a few cosmetic updates over the current models, the 2019 Scrambler range will be equipped with cornering ABS from Bosch as standard. All models use the 803 cc, air-cooled L-twin engine that produces a maximum power of 73 bhp at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 68 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The motor sends power to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission. Anchoring department includes Brembo sourced brakes.
Unveiled at the 2018 INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, the Scrambler range features all-new headlight with LED DRL, auto-off LED indicators, beefier side panels, black-painted engine and brushed cylinder head fins as standard. The instrument console on the 2019 range is an LCD unit that gets Ducati Multimedia System (connected via Bluetooth) to control songs, incoming calls or chat with the passenger via the intercom. A tubular steel Trellis frame underpins the new Scrambler models.
The Full Throttle is inspired by the flat track Scrambler. The Café Racer, on the other hand, gets renewed livery and draws styling inspiration from the Ducati 125GP Desmo. The Scrambler Desert Sled is designed to take the beaten path.
Shock absorption tasks are performed by 41 mm Kayaba UpSide Down forks at the front and a Kayaba monoshock with adjustable preload settings at the back. The off-road spec Desert Sled comes with 46 mm fully-adjustable USD forks for the front with 200 mm travel, and a Kayaba monoshock with adjustable pre-load and rebound at the rear. The Desert Sled features an Off-Road Riding Mode also, which disengages ABS.
Once launched, the new Ducati Scrambler range will compete with the Triumph Street Scrambler. The new 2019 models will most definitely cost higher than the old models. The outgoing Scrambler Icon, for example, retails at INR 7.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Expect the 2019 iteration of the Icon to cost up to INR 50,000 higher.