After Bajaj launched the first Pulsar motorcycles back in 2001, they immediately took over the entry level sports bike segment in the under 200 cc category. But, at the same time they also started getting requests from number of customers to develop a cruiser motorcycle.
In June 2005, Bajaj finally launched Avenger, their cruiser motorcycle which was powered by the same 180 cc DTSi engine which powered the Pulsar 180. In no time, the Avenger became India’s best selling cruiser motorcycle.
In 2007, Bajaj launched the new Pulsar’s – 200 DTSi and 220 FI. Around the same time, Bajaj also updated the Avenger, and launched the 200 DTSi variant. In 2010, when Bajaj launched the naked Pulsar 220, and the 220F, they once again updated the Avenger, this time to a 220 cc engine.
This shows that every time Bajaj has updated the Pulsar with new engine, they have passed on the update to Avenger. But, due to unknown reasons, in the last five years, Avenger has not been updated. Despite the fact that last five years have seen the launch of at least one new Pulsar engine – 200 NS (now discontinued), AS 200 (same engine as 200 NS) and RS 200 (tuned to deliver more power).
Post the launch of NS 200 in 2012, fans were expecting Bajaj to launch the 200 cc variant of Avenger, but that did not happen. Now, Bajaj has revealed their plans to launch three new Avenger motorcycles this week. We expect them to be Avenger 180, Avenger 200 and Avenger 220.
We expect the new Bajaj Avenger 180 to be powered by air cooled 180 cc DTSi engine generating 17.02 PS and 14.22 Nm torque. Bajaj Avenger 220 to continue with the same engine as current version. It will be powered by a single cylinder air cooled 220 cc DTSi engine generating 19.03 PS and 17.5 Nm. Top of the line Bajaj Avenger 200 could be powered by the same engine seen on the new AS 200, a 200 cc engine liquid cooled single cylinder engine generating 23.5 PS and 18.3 Nm torque.
The leaked image also reveals styling updates which will be seen on board the new age Avengers. These will be in the form of new colour schemes, new black alloys, black exhaust, black engine, new instrument cluster with digital display and a Bajaj logo, and new black handle bar with Avenger logo in centre.
Overall, the new Bajaj Avenger has lost all the chrome, and gone dark, just like the new 2016 Harley Davidson Street 750.
Hat tip to Mohan Kumar for sharing the leaked images.