Bajaj-KTM owned Husqvarna India production postponed to 2020
Bajaj Auto brings Husqvarna brand to India with two offerings - Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401.
Earlier this year, Money Control had revealed that Husqvarna will be launched in India as CBU at first. This will happen by March 2019. As per the same report, six months after the launch of CBU variants, local production of Husqvarna will start.
But Zigwheels now reveals that there have been some issues and local production is delayed by 1 year. The reason for delay in launch is due to problems with setting up assembly line and supplier identification. Both Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 will be launched together, on the same date.
Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 have been launched in Europe already. For now these bikes are manufactured in Europe, at the KTM plant. Once Bajaj starts production of Husqvarna in India, the production of both bikes will shift to India. And India will become sole manufacturer of Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 in the world – just like in the case of Duke and RC series under 400 cc.
Speaking about the two bikes – Vitpilen 401 will be a café racer while Svartpilen 401 is set to come in as a scramble. Both bikes receive a trellis frame, clip on handlebars and 17” spoke wheels with similar body panels and a short flat seat. Vitpilen 401 is a smaller version of the Vitpilen 701.
As its name stands for White Arrow, it gets a fully white body color. It is seen in a single piece body panel running from tank to tail and sits on the same frame as the KTM Duke series with all components from the KTM Duke 390. Vitpilen 401 will be priced around Rs 3 lakhs.
Svartpilen 401, which means Black Arrow, comes in with scrambler styling with raised handlebars, an upright seating position, dual purpose tyres, fuel tank mounted bag carrier and an engine guard. It gets the same frame as seen on the KTM Duke 390 and it will rival BMW G310R in its segment. Pricing is expected at Rs 3 lakhs.
Both bikes get WP 43 USD forks in the front and WP monoshock at the rear. They also get 320mm front and 230mm rear disc brakes and get their power from the same 373.3cc engine seen on the new KTM Duke 390 offering 44.1 PS power and 37 Nm torque.