• Polaris India launched yet another legendary cruiser in the country, the all new Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
• Powered by a Thunder stroke 111 petrol engine
• Priced at Rs.31.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
• Features include solo seat, ABS, cruise control, key less ignition, audio system and many more
Polaris India Pvt. Ltd. launched the 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse in the country on November 25th this year. This all black bagger has unquestionable presence and attitude that demands the attention of its onlookers at every angle. This beast comes with matte black finish all over and minimum chrome compared to its standard version Indian Chieftain but the mechanicals remain pretty much the same for both.
Coming from the celebrated Chief family, all new Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is powered by a 1811cc Thunder stroke 111 Petrol engine that fires 73bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. The V- twin engine is mated to a 6 speed gearbox. As mentioned earlier, this new cruiser borrows most of the detailing from its sibling like the huge 46mm telescopic front forks and an adjustable mono shock at its rear.
A plethora of features like the tinted power wind screen, ABS, cruise control, low slung solo seat, monitoring system for the tyre pressure, LED lights, integrated audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a digital-analog clock and so on. This all new bagger comes also available for customization with few accessories on the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse kit. The fuel tank stores 21L of petrol while the motorcycle weighs a solid 300kg. This cruiser is priced at Rs.31.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Polaris India has launched three luxury models Roadmaster, Springfield and Indian Chieftain Dark Horse and one affordable model- Scout Sixty from Indian Motorcycles in the country in less than a years’ time which clearly tells us the company’s trust in this American brand as well as the Indian Automobile Market.
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At the recent EICMA Motorcycle Show 2017, Kinetic Group announced their decision to launch the world famous UK based Norton Motorcycles in India in the coming year. Kinetic Motoroyale has entered into a Joint Venture with Norton Motorcycles to form Kinetic Norton that will locally assemble and sell Norton Motorcycles in India. The partnership is said to be a 51%-49% agreement with Kinetic having the majority share thereby representing Norton in South East Asia.
• Two new Chopper motorcycles Rudra and Pravega launched from an Indian Brand
• Will be available as custom made to order motorcycles
• Rudra and Pravega priced at Rs.23.90 lakh and Rs.21.40 lakh respectively
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.