Late last year, the first ever spyshots of much anticipated KTM 390 Adventure in India emerged. The same has now been spied once again. The 390 Adventure which was originally expected to make its world premiere at EICMA 2018 in November is expected to be finally unveiled in the coming months with production slated to commence in mid-2019.
Unlike the prototypes spied in Europe with spoke wheels, the one spotted in India sports alloy wheels, suggesting that there would be two variants. The 390 Adventure will be made in India for global consumption like its Duke sibling with which it shares its platform.
The latest camouflaged test mule shows that the upcoming medium displacement adventure tourer will derive its styling from the recently unveiled 790 Adventure. Salient features include a semi-fairing with LED headlamp, a short windshield, prominent fuel tank extensions, a tubular radiator shroud with body-colored panels, split seats and a minimal tailpiece.
The KTM 390 Adventure further differentiates itself from the Duke by means of a larger front wheel (appears to be a 19-inch unit), dual-purpose tyres, and a larger exhaust canister. The 373 cc single-cylinder oil-cooled engine will be retained but it will be BS-VI ready right from day one. On board the Duke, the motor generates 43 PS and 37 Nm of torque. We expect it to be tuned to suit adventure tourer applications along with new ratios for the 6-speed transmission.
The adjustable long-travel WP suspension system, front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, and a fully digital TFT dashboard with Blueetooth connectivity would make the upcoming KTM a complete adventure tourer.
The KTM 390 Adventure will be pitted against the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan, Kawasaki Versys-X 300, and BMW G 310 GS. Thanks to high local content and the economies of scale it shares with Duke family, the 390 Adventure will be competitively priced. A price tag of around INR 2.5 – 2.75 lakhs (ex-showroom) would definitely disrupt the segment.