Bajaj Auto is updating their range of products to meet the upcoming safety regulations. The mandatory safety regulations require all the two-wheelers above the 125cc capacity to offer mandatory ABS. The ABS version of the Bajaj Avenger recently was spotted at a dealer stockyard and soon it will be launched officially in the market.
The Bajaj Avenger 200 lineup is available in 2 avatars, the Avenger Street 220 and Cruise 220. Both the bikes are expected to be priced at INR 1,02,425. The non-ABS variant is priced at INR 95,705 (ex-showroom, Pune). So, the ABS update costs about INR 6700 more. The bike remains the same mechanically and visually apart from the addition of ABS.
This will be a single channel ABS that does its duty in the Pulsar NS200 and the Pulsar RS200. Effective 1st April 2019, all the bikes above 125 CC capacity must have mandatory ABS. Powering the Avenger 220 is a single cylinder engine that churns out 19hp @ 8,400rpm/17.5Nm @ 7,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
The Avenger 180 street is yet to receive an ABS update and once it does, it will compete with Suzuki Intruder 150 ABS. The Avenger series is one of the few motorcycles in the entry-level cruiser segment in India. It was earlier available in 150cc, 180cc, and 220cc versions. Bajaj discontinued the 150cc version last year and currently, it is available only with the 180cc and 220cc engine. The Street version of the Avenger gets alloy wheels and a smaller front fairing while the Cruise version is aimed at the long-distance tourers. The Cruise version of the Avenger gets spoked rims and a bigger visor. However, the downside of spoked rims is that the tires do not act as tubeless ones.
The updated motorcycles are yet to reach the showrooms. But, a few dealers are accepting the bookings and are expecting to receive the bike in coming weeks.