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Avenger is one of the most popular cruisers around town with its grunty engine and throw-away prices. It is the cheapest cruiser series in India. Currently, Dominar 400 is the most powerful Bajaj bike. However, it does not qualify as a proper cruiser. For that, we expect the Bajaj Avenger 400 to launch in India. Various rumours are around regarding its launch, and we expect the launch by year-end or early 2019. It will come in the Street series or the Cruise series. It won’t be laced with as many features as the avenger 220 but it is expected to have ABS technology. It is expected to be priced at 1.4lacs, less than the Dominar which is its direct completion. So far, the company hasn’t been too vocal about the launch date of the most powerful version of its cruiser motorcycle. The Pune-based motorcycle company has always made it a point to price its models really very competitively.
It is a 374cc single cylinder, with a maximum power of 34 PS and an expected maximum torque of 36 NM and a 6-speed transmission gearbox. We do expect the company to re-tune the engine to suit the cruiser-bike characteristics of the Avenger. For the Dominar, this KTM-sourced 373.3cc single-cylinder engine outputs a maximum power of 35 PS along with a peak torque of 35 Nm. The upcoming new Avenger model, in all likelihood, will offer marginally lesser power but slightly higher torque. For the Avenger 400, this engine is likely to output 34 PS and 36 Nm. The motor will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The motorcycle will get wider tyres, conventional long-travel telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. ABS might be offered as an optional extra. The expected mileage of the bike is expected to be 24kmpl in the city roads and 28 kmpl on the highways.
The upcoming Bajaj beast has a certain set of features to offer which include Analogue Speedometer, Clock Side-stand Indicator, Maintenance Free Battery, Engine Kill Switch, Tachometer, Odometer, Trip Meter, Fuel Gauge, Pillion Backrest, Electric Start Windscreen (optional) and a Pass Beam. The Avenger 400 will not be any bigger than the current Avengers. It will measure 2210 mm in length, 806 mm in width and 1142 mm in height. It will get a wheelbase of 1490 mm with a ground clearance of 169 mm. The upcoming motorcycle is likely to be based on the Cruise trim of the motorcycle. That said, it will likely look a lot more premium than the 220cc version. We are impressed with the design of the Dominar 400, which looks like a watered-down version of the Ducati Diavel. Bajaj might come up with something equally attractive and neo-modern with the Avenger 400. One thing that is for sure is that the motorcycle will have a cruiser body type. We might even see bits like a round headlamp with LED fixtures, which will give the motorcycle a neo-retro look. For the cruiser, it will come in Moon White and Autumn Black colors and for the street, it will come in Matt White and Matt Black colors.
The price of the Bajaj Avenger is quoted at Rs. 1.50 lacs and as said earlier, with all the features present in this bike, it surely is a direct threat to many bikes of the same category but which also happen to be expensive as well.
The Bajaj Avenger already has a loyal customer base at best owing to the previous models and the bike is expected to shine in the market with an affordable price tag for a 400cc cruiser. Happy riding!