Suzuki Motorcycle India has put its plans to start a new factory on the back burner due to the lacklustre demand in our market. However, the company has aggressive plans to expand its premium portfolio.
Speaking to Moneycontrol recently, Satoshi Uchida, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India confirmed that the company will introduce bigger capacity bikes. The source report added that Suzuki will launch two models every year to keep the growth momentum going. The upcoming models from the Japanese brand will include a new model and a model year change for the existing models.
Suzuki Motorcycle India will launch a 250 cc model that will most likely arrive under the Intruder brand in 2020. The quarter-litre product will be followed by bigger bikes, added Uchida. He told the website:
After 250cc we are going to look at more models in bigger capacity bikes. We will have to add another 250cc bike may be a cruiser and after that, we go for bigger bikes. This will be through a new brand.
The 250 cc cruiser bike will be joined by the updated version of the existing motorcycle, the Intruder (155). The company is currently clearing the existing stock of BS-IV Intruder (155) before it introduces the updated version. In fact, select dealers are offering a discount of up to INR 3,000 on the BS-IV Intruder (155).
On the higher displacement capacity motorcycle front, Suzuki may expand its middleweight product portfolio with the launch of the SV650. A report from September this year claimed that Suzuki Motorcycle India will launch the SV650 to our market through the CKD route. The company’s existing CKD portfolio comprises V-Strom 650 XT, GSX-S750 and the Hayabusa.
The SV650, if launched in India, will come with a BS-VI (Euro-V) compliant motor. The Euro-IV version of the middleweight roadster that is already available in select international markets, uses a 645 cc V-twin, liquid-cooled engine that delivers a peak torque of 64 Nm at 8,100 rpm and a maximum power output of 76.14 PS at 8,500 rpm.
Suzuki Motorcycle India already offers the flagship V-Strom adventure tourer in our market, and thus it will be safe to assume that it will launch the V-Strom 1050 and the V-Strom 1050 XT in 2020.