The upcoming Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be unveiled next month at a dealer conference, according to a report from BikeAdvice.
The report further claims that the Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be launched in Q1 2019, soon after the dealer unveiling. A 24 November report suggested that the Gixxer 250 was expected in the market by April 2019. The Gixxer 250 will be an India-specific model and will draw design inspiration from the Suzuki GSX-S750 and the Haojue DR-300 (upcoming Suzuki GSX-S300). However, the styling will be an evolution of the existing Gixxer range.
Reports suggest that Suzuki will first introduce the naked Streetfighter version, which will be later followed by a fully-faired 'SF' variant, the path taken by the smaller Gixxer. The motorcycle will reportedly receive LED headlight and taillight, and digital instrumentation.
The Gixxer 250 is likely to feature the same chassis that underpins the smaller sibling. However, the frame will be strengthened to handle the higher specifications.
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be a direct rival to the Yamaha FZ25; however, it will also compete with the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. On the other hand, the fully-faired Gixxer 250 SF variant will take on the Yamaha Fazer 25 and the Honda CBR250R.
Powering the Suzuki Gixxer 250 will be an all-new 250cc single-cylinder DOHC engine with possibly a 4-valve head and oil cooling to keep the costs low. Reports claim that motor will produce power in the ballpark of 22-25 bhp. As for pricing, the Gixxer 250 is expected to come in at INR 1.40-1.50 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 will feature ABS as standard. However, it remains to be seen if Suzuki will offer a single- or a dual-channel ABS. Braking power will come from disc brakes at both the ends, while suspension duties are likely to be handled by a telescopic fork and a mono-shock.