To say that the Suzuki Gixxer single-handedly revived the Japanese two-wheeler maker’s fortunes in India is no overstatement. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the company is working on bringing in regular updates to it’s brisk selling nameplate.
According to a new report, 2019 Suzuki Gixxer is going to receive more than just a nip and tuck. The updated compact sportsbike is expected to receive a significant cosmetic upgrade which may involve full LED headlamp and sportier plastic parts.
Other noteworthy changes may include a new digital instrument cluster with added features, split seats and an easy start system. While Suzuki will retain the chassis, the suspension system is likely to be tuned to offer better ride quality without damaging the current model’s sharp handling characteristic. The updates are aimed at maintaining the Gixxer’s appeal which might have taken a hit due to the arrival of the new TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. As far as the powertrain goes, we don’t expect much changes.
The existing Gixxer and Gixxer SF twins are powered by a 155 cc air-cooled motor which has 14.8 PS and 14 Nm on tap. The motorcycle employs a 5-speed gearbox.
A slight upward revision of the engine spec is a possibility. The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer is expected to witness a nominal inflation in price. As on now, the ABS-equipped model retails for Rs 87,250 (ex-showroom-Delhi).
Suzuki Motorcycle India is also working on a new made in India flagship, which will sit above the Gixxer 150. This will be in the form of Gixxer 250. Launch of this motorcycle is scheduled for next year. It will mainly rival with the likes of Yamaha FZ25 and KTM Duke 250.