Five upcoming car and bike launches next week, September 2014
September 09, 2014 – We have three launches on the day. KTM RC 200, KTM RC 390 and Suzuki Gixxer. KTM RC 200 is sure to pull the crowd, first because it is expected to be priced at around 1.8 lakhs (ex-showroom) and second, it does not have tight competition yet. Given Yamaha R15 is not powerful enough to compete with RC 200 and Honda CBR 250R is not as popular as expected, KTM will be the go-to bike for enthusiasts on sub-2 lakh budget. Bajaj Pulsar 200 SS is not coming any soon, launch may be pushed to early 2015, giving KTM RC 200 enough time to enjoy exclusivity and good sales. The bike is simply a full faired version of outgoing KTM Duke 200 naked street bike, with same engine, gearbox and basic equipment. Read more about KTM RC 200 here.
KTM RC 390 on the other hand will put a breathtaking show in the market. Closest rival is Yamaha R25 which is expected to launch in India not earlier than December 2014. At predicted price of around Rs. 2.4 lakhs (ex-showroom), the full faired Duke 390 has already gathered intense attention from buyers and all of them are sitting on the edge waiting for the bike to show up at showrooms. Whats so special about it other than really impressive (expected) price to power ratio? Well there is looks and fun of driving an almost race ready machine on road. Budding motorbike racers will surely try to get their hands on RC 390 and have a date on a track. Read more about KTM RC 390 here.
Suzuki Gixxer 155 is a commuter class entry level performance bike that will try to take out established nameplates like Bajaj Pulsar and Yamaha FZ. There is nothing exceptional about Gixxer but considering the segment it will fight in, we have to admit its got some game. Specifications, features and such are already revealed long before launch and its got promise. Styling is somewhat new and young with sleek body, muscular detailing and modish thin spoke alloy wheels. Focus is drawn to fully digital dashboard, dual exhaust can and 140/60 rear tire on 17 inch rim. Read more about Suzuki Gixxer here.
September 10, 2014 – Skoda Yeti facelift will be launched in two variants, Outdoor and Style, with a load of new features and better presence. Being a highly functional SUV expected to be priced at around Rs. 15.20 lakhs, Yeti should receive more attention that the model it is replacing. 2014 Skoda Yeti gets 5 speed manual transmission in Front Wheel Drive (FWD) variant and 6 speed manual and automatic transmission options in All Wheel Drive (AWD) version. Former with max. power of 110 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm and 4×4 with 140 PS and 320 Nm, Skoda Yeti wishes to fulfil needs of city commute as well as some serious weekend getaways. Read more about 2014 Skoda Yeti facelift here.
September 11, 2014 – Mercedes Benz E Class will get a new top end variant powered by 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine coupled to 7 speed DCT automatic transmission. E Class being one of the best selling in segment, new higher variant is expected to add more audience to the immensely popular nameplate in India. It will receive features like Active Lane Keeping Assist, Cross-traffic Assist and blind spot warning system. Price of new E 350 CDI will be around Rs. 58 lakhs (ex-showroom). Learn more about Mercedes Benz E 350 CDI here.