A report from July 2018 suggested that the new Suzuki Gixxer 250 would arrive in India. Last month, the engine design patents of the Suzuki Gixxer 250 were revealed by a Japanese motorcycle blog. In the latest updates, while Suzuki is yet to announce plans to introduce the quarter-litre Gixxer, Zigwheels claims that the new motorcycle will be launched by mid-2019.
Let’s talk about the technical specifications first. The leaked engine patents revealed that the Suzuki Gixxer 250 would use a single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled (instead of liquid-cooled) engine to keep the costs low. Thus, do not expect segment leading performance numbers from the motor. The engine will most likely come with fuel injection tech to comply with Euro-V/BS-VI emission norms. Expect the maximum power output in the range of 20-25 PS from the 250 cc engine.
The Gixxer 250 could draw styling cues from the Haojue DR300 (aka Suzuki GSX-S300) that is sold in the select international markets. The feature list would most likely include a full LED lighting – headlight, blinkers and tail lamp. The cockpit would come with a full-digital display – a feature that is seen on the Gixxer 155 and Gixxer SF.
The Haojue DR300 was seen with upside-down telescopic forks although the Gixxer 250 could arrive with conventional units to keep the costs low. A fully faired version of the motorcycle could follow the naked roadster the following year. We expect the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the Gixxer 250 SF to retail at around INR 1.40 to INR 1.50 lakh respectively (ex-showroom).
The motorcycle will compete against the Yamaha FZ25 and the KTM 250 Duke. The KTM 250 Duke is placed in the premium bracket, and the non-ABS variant of the Austrian motorcycle retails for INR 1.80 lakh. The non-ABS Yamaha FZ25 is sold for INR 1.19 lakh (ex-showroom). We expect the ABS-equipped models to carry a premium of INR 8,000-12,000.